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O’Fallon, Mo. bookkeeper gets nearly 4 years for stealing $670,000

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ST. LOUIS — A bookkeeper from O’Fallon, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in prison for stealing $670,000 from a trust that benefited charities.

From October 2013 to June 2018, Paula K. Smith wrote checks totaling $670,000 to herself from a trust, and tried to cover it up by altering paperwork. Smith worked at the time for an accounting firm that managed the D.E.W. Trust, which had over 20 beneficiaries, including 12 charitable organizations, prosecutors have said.

Smith used part of the money to buy a 2017 Chevy Silverado and a 2018 Keystone Hideout travel trailer, which she forfeited to the government. She was also ordered to repay the money.

Smith pleaded guilty in July in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to three mail fraud charges and a money laundering charge.

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