LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Lake Charles woman has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for stealing more than $230,000 from her employer.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office, in a news release, said U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi sentenced 33-year-old Melissa Crookshank on Thursday on one count of wire fraud. She also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $235,155 restitution.

According to the May 19, 2016 guilty plea, Crookshank worked as a bookkeeper for a Hackberry company and stole the money starting in 2009 and continuing until January 2015.

Authorities say she issued checks to herself during that time without authorization from the company owners, which she deposited into her own bank accounts for personal use.


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