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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lebanon Woman Pleads Guilty to $848,000 Wire Fraud

EUGENE, OR—Rhonda Milligan, 41, of Lebanon, Oregon, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken on May 17, 2012. In court, Milligan admitted to embezzling more than $848,000 from her former employer, Entek Manufacturing, Inc., a company in Lebanon, Oregon, and the company’s president.

According to court documents, Milligan, as the secretary to Entek’s president, had access to company accounts and accounts belonging to the president and embezzled more than $540,000 through an online electronic payment system, using the money to pay her personal credit card expenses. Additionally, as described in court records, Milligan diverted another $293,000 by forging the name of Entek’s president on checks and stole an additional $13,700 from a petty cash account.

Sentencing is set for September 12, 2012 at 9 a.m. before Judge Aiken. The maximum penalty for mail fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Bradford.

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