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KIRKWOOD • A man from Kirkwood has been indicted and accused of embezzling $3.8 million from a local company while chief financial officer and controller, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday.

Bryan Vonderahe, 45, of the 1900 block of Windy Hill Road, was indicted Thursday on three felony counts of wire fraud and appeared in court Monday, prosecutors said.

Vonderahe worked for the Boyd Group, which owns real estate and runs mattress and waterbed retailers The Bedroom Store, Boyd Sleep and Accent Furniture, the indictment says.

The indictment claims that from January 2012 through January 2019, Vonderahe issued about 500 company checks to himself worth roughly $3.8 million dollars. He falsified company records and issued false financial statements to cover up his theft, and used the money for a "lavish lifestyle," including gambling, mortgage payments and travel to Florida, Colorado, Nevada and elsewhere, prosecutors said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is seeking forfeiture of a GMC Acadia Denali and a Range Rover Sport, Vonderahe’s four-bedroom, 3,500-square foot home in Kirkwood and a condominium in 12500 block of Chardin Place in unincorporated St. Louis County near Interstate 270 and Tesson Ferry Road.

No lawyer is listed for Vonderahe in court records.

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