Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:08

Springfield Woman Gets Two Years for Embezzling from Auto Body Shop

Written by Staff report, The State Journal - Register

A 54-year-old Springfield, IL woman has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for embezzling in excess of $500,000 from a Springfield auto repair business where she worked, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Elaine Eddington of the 1100 block of North Hill Street was sentenced July 7 to two years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $505,834 in restitution.


Eddington was an office assistant who paid the bills and balanced the company checkbook at Kim’s Auto Body, 312 W. North St. in Springfield, from 2009 to 2014. A federal indictment, handed down in November 2015, accused Eddington of using company money to pay for her personal debts and expenses and to fund vacations, shopping trips and major home improvements.


In March, she pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud related to the embezzlement. After completing the prison term, Eddington will remain on supervised release for three years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Freres prosecuted the case. The investigation was conducted by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.


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