FORT WORTH WOMAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON TAX EVASION CONVICTION
Defendant Embezzled More Than $355,000 From Her Employer, Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions
FORT WORTH, Texas — Misti D. Rieger, 50, of Fort Worth, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 18 months in federal prison following her guilty plea in April 2011 to one count of tax evasion, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge Means ordered that she pay $355,391 in restitution to Amerisource Bergen Corporation, the parent company of her former employer, Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, from whom she embezzled. She was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by September 19, 2011.
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 case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Gulde prosecuted.
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