Shelby County woman pleads guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion | USAO-WDKY

LOUISVILLE, KY — A Shelbyville, Ky. woman pleaded guilty last week to embezzling funds from her employer and including false information on her tax returns.

According to court documents, Kimberly F. Jones, 52, was employed as an office manager at Guardian Retention Systems, LLC in Bullitt County, Kentucky. As office manager, she handled accounts payable and receivable, petty cash, payroll and taxes. She also had electronic access to bank accounts to pay bills. During his time as officer in charge, Jones took several actions to distract from his employer. She used company credit cards in her name and the names of other employees to make unauthorized personal purchases. She directed unauthorized wire transfers from the company’s bank account and misappropriated customer earnings received through the company’s electronic payment account. Jones also set up a company called KAB Enterprises, LLC to issue fake invoices to Guardian Retention Systems. Jones would use the company’s credit cards and bank account to pay KAB Enterprises, LLC’s fraudulent invoices.

Jones also failed to report her embezzled funds as income on her tax returns for the 2016 through 2018 tax years. As part of the plea deal, Jones admitted she owed $63,580 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Jones pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, and to three counts of filing a false tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States States Code, section 7206(1). She is due to be sentenced on July 11, 2022 and faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, Cincinnati Field Office, made the announcement.

The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda E. Gregory is prosecuting the case.


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