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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Windsor Woman Who Embezzled $190,000 from Employer Sentenced to Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that REBECCA BLOCK, 43, of Windsor, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for embezzling approximately $190,000 from her former employer and failing to pay federal income taxes on the embezzled income.

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 more than 200 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.

On February 20, 2018, BLOCK pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return.

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

BLOCK, who is released on a $40,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on August 15, 2018.

This investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
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Updated May 22, 2018