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Columbia Woman Sentenced For Tax Evasion in Embezzlement Scheme

Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:56 PM by KOMU 8 Staff

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KANSAS CITY - United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced a Columbia woman was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for tax evasion from stealing more than $257,000 from her employer.

According to a press release from the Office of the United States Attorney Western District of Missouri, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey sentenced Christine Todd, 37, to 15 months in federal prison without parole and ordered her to pay $318,938 in restitution.

Todd was the branch credit manager for Major Brands, Inc., in Columbia and pleaded guilty Nov. 28, 2011 that she engaged in a scheme to fraud Major Brands and its customers from Jan. 2003 to Oct. 2006.

As credit manager, Todd processed payments received from customers, including both cash received from truck drivers and/or salesmen and checks received in the mail. Todd admitted she stole a portion of the cash from customers, totaling $257,688 over those four years.

Todd pleaded guilty to making a tax return falsely reporting her income in 2005. Todd's 2006 return did not report $100,832 she embezzled from Major Brand Foods in 2005.

IRS-Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the Columbia Police Department worked together to investigate the case.

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