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Peculiar woman sentenced for filing false tax returns;
embezzled $383,000 from employer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Peculiar, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for filing false tax returns that failed to report income she obtained by embezzling more than $383,000 from her employer.

Jacquelyn Dee Lackland, 47, of Peculiar, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to three years in federal prison without parole.

On April 15, 2011, Lackland pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. Lackland, who was hired to provide personal nursing care, admitted that she embezzled $383,076 from her employer by cashing and depositing forged and stolen checks. Lackland also admitted that she evaded paying taxes on that income, as well as $46,431 in income from her employment, for tax years 2004 through 2007.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Pansing Brown. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.

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