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Office Manager Sentenced For Theft from Lawrence Company

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

TOPEKA, KAN. - A former office manager for a Lawrence property management company was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in federal prison for embezzlement, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. She was ordered to pay more than $485,000 in restitution.


Candy A. Gunderson, 45, Lawrence, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen funds. In her plea, Gunderson admitted the crime took place from 2007 to 2015 while she was office manager for Garber Enterprises in Lawrence. She used various means to steal money from the company including:

  • Depositing into her personal account checks made payable to Garber Enterprises.

  • Issuing forged Garber Enterprises checks.

  • Using company funds to pay bills for work performed on rental properties she owned.

  • Using the company VISA card for personal expenses.

  • Depositing cash belonging to the company into her personal accounts.

  • Forging checks on Garber’s account to pay for personal phone bill.


Beall commended the Lawrence Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway for their work on the case.

Updated May 23, 2017