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North Carolina Woman Charged After Embezzling $500K From ‘Farwell Funeral Service’

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A North Carolina woman was indicted on charges related to her embezzlement of funds from her previous employer, Farwell Funeral Service.

LaSaundra Simmons, 51, previously of Nashua, was indicted on ten counts of wire fraud on December 6, 2023.  Simmons was arrested in North Carolina on December 11, 2023, and was ordered released on conditions on January 3, 2023.

According to the charging documents, Simmons worked as the bookkeeper for Farwell Funeral Service, Inc. for several years. 

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Starting in 2015, and continuing until it was discovered in January 2023, Simmons employed a scheme to embezzle funds from the company. 

On more than 100 occasions, she either made unauthorized wire transfers of funds from the funeral home’s bank account to her own account, or drafted unauthorized checks which she deposited by electronic wire transfer into her own account. 

She would often describe these checks as “commissions” or “consulting fees.”  She embezzled more than $500,000 over the course of the scheme.

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Each charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and up to 3 years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nashua Police Department led the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau is prosecuting the case.

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