Woman sentenced for defrauding over $4 million

Kimberly Prebles (Source: United States Marshals Service)
Kimberly Prebles (Source: United States Marshals Service)

MONROE, OH (FOX19) - A Monroe woman was sentenced to 71 months in jail for defrauding her employer of over $4 million.

Kimberly Prebles, 43, was sentenced Thursday on one count of wire fraud and one count of filing false federal income tax return arising from her scheme to defraud her employer, Clark Western Building System, Inc.

According to court documents, Prebles worked at Clark Western Building System, Inc from approximately 1999 until March of 2009. Documents show that Prebles opened a bank account under the name of a company's vendors and began writing checks and making wire transfers from Clark Western's account into that account. She falsified company documents to cover the embezzlement. She used the stolen money to pay personal expenses including the purchase of property, jewelry, travel, vehicles, and home improvements.

She also pleaded guilty to failing to report the income from the embezzlement scheme on her personal income tax forms from 2005 until 2008.

A judge ordered Prebles to pay restitution in the amount of $3,612,634.80 to the victims of her crime and restitution of $829,307.77 to the IRS.  She must also serve three years of supervised release after her prison term.

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