A Discovery Bay woman has been sentenced to 26 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $365,000 for embezzling from her family’s business and committing bank fraud, federal prosecutors said. A judge in federal court in Oakland on Thursday sentenced Brittany Lebon, 30, for embezzling funds and defrauding financial institutions while working as a bookkeeper at a paving business owned by her family, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
The defendant pleaded guilty in June to five counts of bank fraud after reaching a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal prosecutors said Lebon printed more than 100 unauthorized checks totaling $364,699 and either forged the signature of her supervisor, who is her uncle, or had him sign the checks after telling him that she would direct the payments to a union trust fund.
Instead, Lebon deposited 96 of the checks into her personal accounts at three different financial institutions and used the remaining checks, totaling $3,449 to pay her personal utility bills, according to prosecutors.
A U.S. Secret Service investigation into Lebon’s activities led to a federal grand jury indictment in October 2012. Lebon was initially charged with 10 counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. She is set to begin her prison sentence in October.
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