Polk County Woman Sentenced for Making a Forged Security
POLK COUNTY -- Sarah McKenzie, 41, Luck, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to one year and one day in federal prison for making a forged security. Her prison sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release. McKenzie pleaded guilty to this charge on October 30, 2017.
McKenzie worked at Core Products International in Osceola, Wis., as Accounts Manager and Human Resources Director. In August 2016, employees in Core Product’s accounting department examined company bank statements and discovered company checks bearing duplicate check numbers that were either written to McKenzie or written to “Cash.” The employees also noticed that the checks written to McKenzie were signed in CEO Royce Keehr’s name but the signature did not appear to be genuine.
The subsequent criminal investigation, along with an internal company audit, revealed that between 2006 and August 2016, McKenzie generated approximately 305 company checks written to herself or to “Cash” and then forged Keehr’s name on the checks. The total amount of these checks was $291,436.26.
In addition, between 2011 and August 2016, McKenzie generated 98 company checks to “Cash” which she signed, endorsed, and negotiated at a bank. There was no documentation in the company’s books and records to support the creation of the checks. The total amount of these checks was $105,205.00.
Bank records show that McKenzie spent the majority of the stolen money at casinos or on psychic hotlines. In sentencing McKenzie, Judge Conley noted that her criminal conduct was “outrageous” and was troubled by how long the embezzlement continued.
The charges against McKenzie were a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Osceola Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.
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Polk County Woman Charged with Forging Checks
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | U.S. Department of Justice
Sarah McKenzie, 40, Milltown, Wis., is charged with seven counts of making a forged paycheck from Core Products International Inc., of Osceola, Wis. The indictment alleges that she made forged paychecks on seven occasions from July 2012 to July 2016.
If convicted, McKenzie faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Osceola Police Department. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.
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