KIRKSVILLE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT
St. Louis, MO:
Susan Warren pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges in connection with her
embezzlement of $140,000 from two employers, Acting United States Attorney
Michael W. Reap and Knox County Prosecuting Attorney David Brown announced
Between June 2007 and December 2008,
Susan K. Warren worked for Leehoff Auto Recycling and Pape Trucking, both of
which operated out of an office in Knox City, MO. Leehoff and Pape each
maintained separate business bank accounts at Town & Country Bank Midwest,
in Labelle, MO. Warren maintained a personal bank account at Alliant Bank in
Kirksville, MO. In August 2007 Warren began writing unauthorized checks from
both the Leehoff and Pape accounts at Town & Country. Warren would write
some of these fraudulent checks payable to herself and others to pay for
personal expenses such as utility bills and personal debt. Warren did not have
authority to write checks from these accounts to herself or to pay her personal
expenses. Warren forged the signature of another employee, on some of the
fraudulent checks. Warren would deposit the fraudulent checks she wrote to
herself into her bank account at Alliant Bank.
Warren’s fraudulent conduct has caused
combined losses to Leehoff and Pape of more than $140,000, which Warren agrees
to repay in restitution.
"By stealing more than $140,000 from
her work, Susan Warren didn't just hurt her employer," said Maxwell D. Marker,
Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in St. Louis. "Small businesses,
especially in rural areas, are what drive the local economy."
Warren, 40, Kirksville, MO, pleaded
guilty to one felony count of bank fraud this morning before United States
District Judge Charles A. Shaw. Sentencing has been set for October 14,
Bank fraud carries a maximum penalty
of 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $1,000,000.
Reap and Brown commended the
work on the case by the Kirksville Office of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Adair County Prosecuting
Attorney’s Office; and Assistant United States Attorney Reginald Harris, who is
handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.