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U.S. Attorney: Bloomington Parks employee stole $430k

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – A former office manager of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department faces federal criminal charges of fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney, Josh J. Minkler.

Judith A. Seigle, 51, of Gosport, Ind. has been indicted by a federal grand jury for scheming to steal approximately $430,000 that was meant for Parks Department projects and programs between 2001 and October 2014.

Seigle, who worked as the Bloomington Parks and Rec office manager, apparently diverted, embezzled, and misappropriated approximately $430,000 between 2001 and October 2014, according to indictment allegations.

Federal officials say Seigle not only used Foundation credit cards to make personal purchases and Foundation bank accounts to transfer money to her personal bank and credit card accounts, but covered her tracks by creating fake bank account statements several times a year and gave them to Foundation executives.

According to Senior Litigation Counsel Steve DeBrota and Assistant United States Attorney Nick Linder, Speigle could face up to 20 years of prison time if she is found guilty.

Seigle is the second City of Bloomington to be arrested for fraud this week. Justin Wycoff plead guilty on 11 counts of wire fraud on Friday.

24-Hour News 8 will continue to provide updates on this story.