Former Benton County Employee Appeals Embezzlement Sentence

From KFSM 5 News, “A former accounting specialist for Benton County who embezzled more than $1 million in public funds has appealed her prison sentence, according to federal court documents.

In 2007, Guild was put in charge of the county’s travel fund. Over the next decade, she began submitting false claims for the fund to the county treasurer, who would then write Guild a check to cover the inflated expenses, according to court documents.

Guild then cashed the checks and deposited the excess funds into her personal bank account.

Guild, who was fired last fall, pleaded guilty in April to on one count of theft concerning programs that receive funds and one count of filing a false income tax return, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.”

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