INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis woman was sentenced Friday for embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer.
U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced that 52-year-old Brenda K. Helpling will spend 29 months in federal prison for embezzlement charges.
According to court documents, Helpling had the authority to write checks for multiple business bank accounts for Frakes Engineering.
Between Nov. 2007 and April 2010, she wrote 26 checks for the firm's business checking account totaling $201,484.88 without the firm's consent. She created fictitious vendors and false invoices in the account records to hide the payments, according to a release.
Documents also state Helpling wrote 24 checks totaling $134,372.85 from the firm and used the money to make payments on her personal credit cards. She also applied for an unauthorized credit card to pay for personal charges and transferred more than $50,000 in funds from the firms refreshment account into her own.
Helpling has been sentenced to 29 months in prison and will serve three years on supervised release and pay restitution of $410,654.
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