Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced today that Teresa A. Weber, age 57, of Strasburg, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment by United States District Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr after she pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $423,000 from her former employer.
According to court documents, from October of 2010 through November of 2018, Weber was employed at an evergreen nursery in Carroll County, Ohio, that grew, sold and distributed evergreen trees. During this time, Weber used her position to embezzle company funds in order to pay for personal expenses.
Court records state that Weber fraudulently conducted financial transactions on behalf of her employer, failing to disclose that the transactions were actually for her own personal benefit. In addition, Weber admitted to writing checks to her personal bank account from her employer’s bank account; placed on these checks a signature stamp in the name of the business owner to make it appear that the transactions had been approved and concealed her fraudulent activity by manipulating the business checking ledger to make it appear that the checks had never been issued.
As a result of her actions, Weber fraudulently obtained approximately $423,000.00 from her former employer.
The investigation preceding this charge was conducted by the Canton Division of the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brendan D. O’Shea.