WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A D.C. woman pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen money and tax evasion for stealing $15,000 from her employer when she worked as a bookkeeper.
According to US Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, 40-year-old Diane Michelle Pimble faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for stealing money, and five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for tax evasion.
Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 29, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.
Pimble worked for an individual employer in Maryland from 2008 through 2011 managing bank accounts, paying bills, organizing financial information and preparing reconciliation reports for the individual.
Pimble also got a stamp with the employer's signature to use on checks. According to a plea agreement, Pimble wrote more than 100 checks to herself without authorization and used the stamp on them. She then took the checks, ranging from $128.70 to $4,650, and cashed them at a D.C. bank. She then put in fake entries into the accounting program to try to conceal the fraud. She also inflated salary checks for herself and created fake balance reports to make her employee believe the accounts were balanced. In the end, she took at least $152,918 of her employer's money.
She will have to pay $152,918.03 in restitution to her employer, at least $26,697 to the IRS and forfeit at least $152,918.03, say authorities.