(St. Louis) U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp sentenced a Ste. Genevieve woman Friday to 16 months in prison on each of four counts of wire fraud to be served concurrently.
27-year-old Kayla Childress pleaded guilty last February to those federal charges.
Childress was employed by Bloomsdale Excavating.
Childress was the Administrative Clerk for that company and was responsible for overseeing credit card accounts belonging to Bloomsdale Excavating and used by company employees.
Childress was responsible for checking the company’s credit card statements for charges and reconciling charges with receipts for such charges, coding the account charges to jobs, projects, and work performed by the company and entering the information into the company accounting system.
Beginning on or about July 13th, 2017 and continuing through about December 1st, 2018, Childress devised a scheme to defraud Bloomsdale Excavating by directing payments from the company’s Commerce Bank Visa credit cards to her personal accounts or accounts controlled by her, including PayPal accounts owned by her.
Bloomsdale Excavating suffered financial losses of $246,673 stolen by Childress.
The company’s insurance company paid $241,673 toward the loss in a claim for the fraud.
Childress is responsible for repayment of restitution of $ 5,000.00 to Bloomsdale Excavating and $241,673 to Cincinnati Insurance Company.