Tuesday, November 25, 2014

STATE NEWS: LaCrosse Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling More than $500,000

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A LaCrosse woman pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $500,000 from the company where she worked, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Crystal Lynn Jones, 34, LaCrosse, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen money. In her plea, she admitted the crime occurred from 2008 to 2013 while she was officer manager for Teel’s Trucks at 1200 Vine Street in Hays, Kan.

She wrote unauthorized checks from Teel’s company accounts at Commerce Bank and the Bank of Hays for her personal benefit.

She also conducted transfers on the Automated Clearing House electronic network from Teel’s accounts for her own personal benefit. She hid the thefts by altering entries on the company’s accounting software and by forging checks.

Sentencing is set for March 2. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway for their work on the case.