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Office Worker Charged with Pilfering $1.3 Million from Painting Contractor

Monday, July 25, 2011

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A former secretary for a Murray, Utah, painting contractor has been indicted in federal court for allegedly stealing more than $1 million in customer payments, according to news reports.

Pamela Jane Madsen is charged with funneling more than a $1 million in customer payments from Professional Painting Inc. based in Murray, Utah, into a personal account. The indictment includes five counts of mail fraud and four counts of money laundering.

Madsen’s duties for Professional Painting Inc. included payroll, data entry and preparing checks for deposit. Prosecutors say Madsen created an account at U.S. Bank in November 2007 under a slight variation of her employer’s name, the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper, reported. For the next three years, she deposited customers’ checks totaling at least $1.3 million into the account for her personal use, according to the indictment.

Madsen credited customers’ accounts on the company’s books to make it look like they had paid their bills, according to the indictment. Some of the checks came from two of the state’s largest general contractors, Jacobsen Construction and Big-D Construction, the Deseret News reported.

The indictment seeks to seize from Madsen two pickup trucks, a BMW sedan, two snowmobiles, and homes in Bluffdale and Taylorsville, Utah, the newspaper story said.

Phone calls to the company were not returned. Information about the company from directory listings state that its services include “commercial” and “wallcovering,” that its annual revenue is estimated at $2.5 million to $5 million, and that its employee total is 20 to 49. No website for the company could be located.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial contractors; Contractors; Criminal acts

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