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Office manager of Billings business sentenced for embezzling nearly $400K from employer

Posted at 2:27 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 18:35:41-05

Q2 News
3:58 pm
December 7, 2018

BILLINGS — Billings resident Jennifer Anne Thaw, who admitted embezzling approximately $390,680 from her employer where she worked as the office manager, was sentenced in federal court Friday.

Thaw, 45, pleaded guilty in March to four counts of wire fraud.

Thaw was given one year and one day in prison, three years supervised release and ordered to pay over $392,000 in restitution, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kurt G. Alme.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided over the case.

Thaw worked as a controller and office manager for J & S Recovery, Inc., an automobile repossession company.

During her time there, she was accused of embezzling the money during a five-year period from 2012 to August 2017.

Through her job, Thaw had access to the company’s financial and banking information, including online access to the firm’s bank account, said the release.

Thaw used the online access to transfer money from the company’s bank account into her own personal checking account at a different bank.

To conceal the missing money, Thaw did not record the transfers in the company’s financial accounting software program.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Rubich prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.