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EATON RAPIDS OFFICE MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO DEBIT CARD FRAUD AND A TAX CHARGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Rebecca Sue Kellogg, 35, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, entered a guilty plea to two counts of a felony superseding indictment which charged her with identity theft, access device fraud and the making of a false statement on a federal tax return, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. U.S. Attorney Davis was joined in the announcement by U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Frost and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez.

Kellogg faces a maximum criminal penalty of 15 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release of three years, restitution of approximately $233,000, a fine of $250,000 and a mandatory special assessment of $100 on the access device fraud. She also faces a maximum criminal penalty of three years imprisonment, a term of supervised release of one year, a fine of $100,000 and a mandatory special assessment of $100 on the false statement on a federal tax return charge.

Kellogg was named in the superseding indictment by a federal grand jury on February 24,
2011, following an investigation conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

At the time of her guilty plea hearing, Kellogg admitted, that from September 2008 to September 2009, she was employed as an office manager at Capital Communications Systems, Inc. of Lansing and that she had unauthorized access to a corporate debit card, issued to the former company comptroller. She admitted using the debit card and making frequent withdrawals of $500 in cash from Lansing area ATM machines. The unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaled over $120,000. She also admitted that when she filed her 2009 federal income tax return, she knowingly failed to report the income from her unauthorized debit withdrawals.

Kellogg is scheduled to be sentenced in Grand Rapids on June 30, 2011, at 1:15 p.m., before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell.


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