Criminal Justice

Former law firm worker gets 3 years in federal prison for $212K theft

A former employee of a Missouri law firm was sentenced Thursday to a little over three years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution for embezzling $212,000 between 2006 and 2009.

As part of her duties at Carmichael & Neal, account manager Peggy J. Duncan, 63, wrote checks and reconciled bank statements for a business owned by Lloyd and Rose Carmichael known as Affordable Homes Development LLC. When Duncan pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year in the Springfield case she admitted writing 47 checks from the Affordable Homes account to herself or a sawmill business she and her husband operated, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri.

Although Duncan initially covered up the thefts by making false entries in the company’s books, they were eventually discovered.

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