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Indictment Charges Rhode Island Woman with Embezzling $580,000

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A Pawtucket, RI, woman was arraigned in federal court in Providence, RI, on April 1 and released on personal recognizance, charged by way of indictment with allegedly executing a scheme to defraud her auto body repair shop employer of approximately $580,000.

It is alleged in the indictment unsealed April 1 that Idalee Johnston, 47, a secretary employed at Ideal Auto Body in Cranston, RI, devised a scheme whereas she absconded with the proceeds from approximately 190 checks provided to customers by insurance companies as payment for repairs to their vehicles.

 

It is alleged in the indictment as part of the scheme, for two years beginning in 2016, Johnston either did not have some customers sign direct payment forms for insurance payments to be made directly to the auto body shop, or did not forward signed payment forms to insurance companies.

 

As a result of her actions, insurance payment checks were sent directly to customers who, in turn, provided the checks to Johnston as a representative of Ideal Auto Body as payment for repairs made to their vehicles.

 

It is alleged in the indictment Johnson devised a scheme to steal and deposit some of the checks, some on which she forged signatures, into her bank account.

 

In other instances, stolen checks were provided to family members to be deposited into their bank accounts. Johnston instructed family members to deposit the stolen checks, withdraw the funds and provide the money to her. In return, Johnston provided the family members with a small portion of the proceeds.

 

Johnston, arrested April 1 by FBI agents, appeared before...


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