Former Port of Hope Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzlement
Connie A. Stills , 56, of Middleton, Idaho, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for filing false tax returns and mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Stills to pay $1.7 million in restitution.
Stills pleaded guilty to the charge on September 21, 2010. According to court documents, Stills was employed as a bookkeeper for Port of Hope Centers, Inc., in Nampa, Idaho, a non-profit entity which operates drug and alcohol treatment centers throughout Idaho. Between 2004 and 2008, Stills embezzled approximately $1.3 million from Port of Hope. By failing to include the embezzled income on her personal federal income tax return, Stills substantially under-reported the amount of her taxable income.
Stills' daughter, Bobbi George, was sentenced on April 19 as a result of her involvement in the misappropriation of $177,000 from the Port of Hope. She pleaded guilty to wire fraud in October 2010. Judge Winmill sentenced George to five years probation and ordered her to pay $233,024 in restitution.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Nampa Police Department.
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