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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Woman Sentenced For Failing To Declare Embezzled Money On Tax Return

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Rebecca Hoff, 63, of Ironwood, Mich., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 15 months in federal prison for filing false information in a 2008 tax return.   Hoff pleaded guilty to this charge on December 2, 2014.

Hoff worked as an office manager and accounts payable bookkeeper for T.A Solberg Company, Inc. in Minocqua, Wis., during the years 2004 through 2010.  In that capacity, Hoff had access to T.A. Solberg checks.  Without authorization, she used the company checks to make payments to multiple personal credit cards from January 2004 to December 2010.  In addition, Hoff used T.A. Solberg checks to pay for home improvements, purchase a vehicle, and make payments on the mortgage on her residence.  

T.A. Solberg discovered the embezzlement when they conducted an investigation and audit of the accounts payable handled by Hoff after a credit card company called T.A. Solberg and inquired about company checks being used to pay off personal credit card accounts belonging to Hoff.  Although T.A. Solberg did not pursue charges for the embezzlement, Hoff never declared the money she embezzled as income on her federal tax returns, including the return for 2008.  According to IRS calculations, Hoff embezzled more than $1.1 million over the seven years, resulting in a tax liability of $302,183.73.   

The charge against Rebecca Hoff was the result of an investigation conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson. 
Updated July 14, 2015