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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Windsor Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Charge Arising from $190,000 Embezzlement Scheme

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that REBECCA BLOCK, 43, of Windsor, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to a federal tax offense stemming from an embezzlement scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, BLOCK was employed by PG Life Planning Associates, Inc. in West Hartford.  Between 2010 and 2013, BLOCK stole from the company by issuing checks payable to herself and depositing those checks into her personal bank account.  She concealed the embezzlement from her employer by disguising the payments in PG Life’s internal accounting records as legitimate business expenses.  BLOCK embezzled approximately $190,399 over the approximately four-year period, and failed to report a total of $42,004 in income taxes on her 2010 through 2013 federal tax returns.

BLOCK pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years.  Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for May 22, 2018.

BLOCK has agreed to make restitution in amount of $190,399 to PG Life, and $42,004, plus applicable interest and penalties, to the IRS.

BLOCK is released on a $40,000 bond pending sentencing.

This investigation has been conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
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Updated February 20, 2018