FORT WORTH WOMAN FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON TAX EVASION CONVICTION
Defendant Also Admits Embezzling More Than $355,000 from Employer
FORT WORTH, Texas — Misti D. Rieger, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton to a felony information charging one count of tax evasion, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. She faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution. Sentencing is set for July 18, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Terry A. Means.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, in April 2007, Rieger filed a joint return on behalf of herself and her spouse stating that their joint income for 2006 was $38,506 when she well knew that their joint income was approximately $143,211 and there was a tax owed of approximately $31,153, not $5,024 as stated on the fraudulent return. According to the factual resume, Rieger admitted that she intentionally understated her income, that she knew that she was required to report all of her income and that she did it to evade taxes due and owing.
That factual resume also states that from 2003 until 2007, Rieger was an accounting supervisor at Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, where she embezzled $355,391 by forging 87 checks and depositing the proceeds into her personal bank accounts. She also failed to report any of those embezzled funds as taxable income on her tax returns.
The plea documents note that any restitution ordered will be based on all of her conduct, not just that arising from her convicted offense. As part of her plea, Rieger agrees to pay $355,391 restitution to AmerisourceBergen Corporation.
The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Gulde is in charge of the prosecution.
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