Missouri woman sentenced for embezzling $825K from boss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $825,000 from her employer.

Shanna Hutchens was sentenced Tuesday for bank fraud and money laundering. The 37-year-old Blue Springs resident will spend 46 months in prison without parole and must pay roughly $819,000 in restitution.

Hutchens was a bookkeeper for Richardson Hauling in Sugar Creek when she made out company checks to herself and her husband, then forged the business owner’s signatures on the checks.

Hutchens was making about $11,000 per year for part-time work when she created 242 fraudulent checks worth more than $824,000 over a four-year period. Prosecutors say the couple spent the money for a house, cars, boats, trips to Las Vegas and Kansas City Chiefs tickets.

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