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Crime & Courts

January 14, 2014

Webb City woman to serve 18 months in federal prison

A Webb City woman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $115,000 from her Joplin employer.

Roxanna Sue Rindom, 47, also was ordered to pay restitution of $114,814 by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips in Springfield.

Rindom pleaded guilty on Sept. 4, 2013, to two counts of bank card fraud and one count of credit card fraud. Rindom, an employee of Neal Group Construction, of Joplin, admitted that she forged 68 checks on the company’s bank account that were made payable to herself. She made fictitious entries into the company’s accounting system, making them appear to be company-related expenses. Some also were listed as payroll checks.

She also admitted making 174 unauthorized purchases on the company’s credit card and making five unauthorized alterations to the direct deposits made to her bank account.

The criminal conduct was discovered on May 23, 2012, when Rindom tried to make an unauthorized $2,179 wire transfer from her employer’s bank account to make a payment for a relative. The attempted theft caused company officials to conduct a detailed audit of the checking account.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull II and was investigated by the FBI.

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