Accountant Rose Horn convicted of embezzling over $ 1 million – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – A 67-year-old accountant was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison and three years probation in federal court in Denver. According to federal prosecutors, Rose Marie Horn worked for a family-owned plumbing and heating company in Fort Collins for 27 years and channeled the income from it into her own accounts for six of them.
She was convicted of postal fraud and money laundering.
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United States District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn also asked Horne to reimburse $ 977,115.87 to the company she defrauded. Although a lump sum has been requested, Horne must contribute at least 10 percent of his monthly income until the total is reached.
Horne, according to case documents, wrote about 170 unauthorized checks from his employer’s bank account. The checks, totaling over $ 700,000, went to his personal credit card account and paid other personal bills. The flights took place between October 2005 and June 2011.
Horne also forged signatures on some business checks.
Horne was indicted in 2014, but fled the state. She was captured in California last year.
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A plea deal was reached in May.
“Frauds like this can be financially and emotionally devastating for small business owners,” Acting US Attorney Matt Kirsch said. “Ms. Horne ran but was ultimately unable to hide from the consequences of her crimes.
Horne was employed by C&B Pluming in Heating in Fort Collins, according to case documents. CBS4 left a message for the business owner. This story will be updated with any response.
Horne is currently being held in the Washington County Jail. She will be transferred to a federal penitentiary.
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