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Former U.S. Forest Service Accountant Sentenced for Embezzling $1.4M

Former U.S. Forest Service Accountant Sentenced for Embezzling $1.4M

Kathy Stamps, a United States Forest Service accountant at the Angeles National Forest offices in Arcadia, had access to funds contributed by private entities for road construction and other projects on federal lands. From 2002 through October 2004, Stamps fraudulently manipulated and fabricated Forest Service records that caused the U.S. Treasury to issue six refund checks totaling $1,421,390 to entities which Stamps controlled.

Stamps was convicted after a bench trial in September in Los Angeles Federal court on three counts of mail fraud in the embezzlement scheme in which she bilked more than $1.4 million from the agency.

In addition to a 48-month prison term, Stamps was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,090,744, which represents the portion of the embezzled money that Stamps spent on cars, jewelry and plastic surgery.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with Mail Fraud, Embezzlement or any other type of fraud crime, contact a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney for a free consultation today.

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