Former Mark Twain House employee pleads guilty to fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Monday, December 5, 2011

A woman admitted to falsifying the accounting records of the Mark Twain House where she worked to steal over $1 million dollars over a period of eight years and has now been sentenced for the white collar crime.

Authorities claim the woman submitted false information to the museum’s payroll vendor. She then had the extra money deposited in her bank account. She later adjusted the accounts to cover up advances and reclassified the amounts. She also wrote out checks to herself and forged her supervisor’s signature. Authorities say she used the money to make mortgage payments, home improvements, and for dining out among other things. Eventually, forged signatures on the checks aroused the suspicion of a bank employee.

The woman pled guilty to one count each of wire fraud and filing a false tax return. She was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Further, she must reimburse the Mark Twain House and repay the Internal Revenue Service. Fortunately for her, the sentence she received was much lighter than the 23 years in prison she was facing.

Although these crimes were committed in Connecticut, white collar crimes can affect anyone whether they live in Missouri or anywhere else in the United States. Those accused of white collar crimes in Missouri and elsewhere face stiff penalties and possible jail time. Facing these types of charges can be devastating to an individual. Criminal charges can lead to lengthy court battles and potentially serious consequences if found guilty. Consequently, these matters must be handled with delicate care while also forging a vigorous defense aimed at dismissal of the charges or other favorable results.

Source: Reuters, “Woman jailed for stealing $1 million from Mark Twain House,” Zach Howard and Mary Ellen Godin, Nov. 21, 2011