A former Bergen County, New Jersey tour company manager was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer and filing a false tax return.
According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, the 76-year-old Berger County woman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return.
Between October 2010 and August 2016, the former tour company manager and another unidentified employee, who held an accounting position at the organization, devised a scheme to embezzle funds from the company. The former manager would direct the unidentified employee to write company checks to actual company employees and contractors, which did not reflect any actual work or services rendered by those individuals. The unidentified employee would then cash these checks and the two would convert the resulting funds for their personal use.
U.S. District Judge Julient Xavier Neals also sentenced the 76-year-old to two years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $295,297 in restitution in addition to her prison term.
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