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El Dorado Hills Man Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison for Embezzling More Than $400,000 from Employer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Jeffrey Lamson, 51, of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced today to two years and six months in prison for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle money from his former employer, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from at least 2009 through 2011, Lamson embezzled over $400,000 from a company in Placer and Sacramento Counties while he served that company as controller. Lamson used company funds to make unauthorized payments to himself and others and made payments to a fictitious vendor, controlled by Lamson, for services that were never performed. Lamson was ordered to pay over $400,000 in restitution for his fraudulent conduct.

Lamson was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Mendez. During sentencing, Judge Mendez observed, “You are a contradiction. You work hard, you seem to be intelligent. I don’t understand why you did what you did. It’s puzzling to me.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and its Financial Crimes Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Shelley D. Weger and Jean M. Hobler are prosecuting the case.

Updated December 15, 2015

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 2:15-cr-055-JAM