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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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AUGUST 24, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LATHROP WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING

$400,000 FROM EMPLOYER


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lathrop, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer.


             Margaret A. Plowman, 59, of Lathrop, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to a federal information that charges her with interstate transportation of stolen property.


             By pleading guilty today, Plowman admitted that she stole $416,385 from her employer, Everett Quarries Company, Inc., in Plattsburg, Mo. Everett operates six quarries in Clinton County, Mo.


             Plowman was the bookkeeper and office manager for Everett for 32 years, until she was terminated in May 2006. Plowman admitted that she embezzled approximately $289,200 in cash from Everett’s petty cash fund beginning in January 2000. She also admitted to writing $13,185 in unauthorized checks to pay credit bills, and to making unauthorized loans to several employees over the years. In connection with at least one employee, Plowman diverted to herself approximately $14,000 in payments the employee made to Everett to pay back his loans.


             In addition, Plowman admitted, between November and May 2006 she wrote approximately 45 unauthorized company checks totaling more than $100,000 to Jose Rodriguez doing business as J & R Heating and Cooling in Gower, Mo. Plowman never verified the work that Rodriguez claimed to have done, and acknowledged that there were no invoices for many of the checks she gave Rodriguez.


            Under federal statutes, Plowman could be subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clinton County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

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