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Etowah County woman sentenced to prison for fraud, aggravated identity theft
From: Erica Absetz <erica () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:11:55 -0400


BIRMINGHAM — An Etowah County woman was sentenced this week to almost
five years in prison for stealing more than $900,000 from her former
employer through fraud and identity theft, according to a news release
from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge
Richard D. Schwein Jr.

Peggy McGlaughn, 68, was ordered to spend 57 months in prison, 33
months for the fraud and 24 months for the aggravated identity theft,
to be served consecutively with the fraud sentence. McGlaughn also
must serve five years’ supervised release after completing her prison
sentence and must pay $933,079 in restitution to Bob Roberts & Co.,
the Etowah County construction company where she worked as bookkeeper
and office manager for 24 years. She will be credited $60,750 toward
that restitution for two vehicles seized through asset forfeiture
proceedings by the FBI.

McGlaughn is scheduled to report to prison in June. She pleaded guilty
to the fraud and aggravated identity theft charges in 2011. According
to court records, she carried out her scheme to steal from her
employer as follows:

From October 2003 until February 2010, McGlaughn obtained the
signatures of Bob Roberts & Co. principals on company checks and told
the principals those checks would be used to pay for company expenses.
McGlaughn would make the checks out to another company employee and,
unbeknownst to that employee, forge his endorsement on the checks and
then present them to a local bank for payment. During the course of
her scheme, McGlaughn forged endorsements and cashed more than 100 of
the company’s checks, keeping the money for herself.

The FBI investigated the case, and it was prosecuted by the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama. The sentence
was handed down by U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr.
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