OAKLAND -- A Southern California woman was sentenced to 41 months in prison Wednesday for a tax evasion and embezzlement scheme that defrauded the IRS and a Lafayette-based real estate firm of nearly $2 million, attorneys said.
Kristie Gale Meyer, 56, of Woodland Hills, was ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution for her role in a complex scheme to defraud her employer, Lafayette-based Ansil Realty & Investment, and its partner, KLP Properties, United States Attorney Melinda Haag said. In addition, Meyer must pay $584,092 to the IRS for three years of continuous tax evasion.
While working as Ansil's secretary, office manager and bookkeeper, Meyer paid her own credit card bills through the company's bank account, withdrew cash advances for her own use and used company money on online gambling websites, according to the plea agreement. She also made deposits directly to her own bank account and wrote checks out of the company's accounts for her own purchases.
According to Haag, Meyer tried to hide the activity by destroying copies of the fraudulent checks and then entering the transactions into the companies' accounting system to make them look like legitimate business expenditures.
Meyer also admitted to dodging a large part of the income tax she owed from 2006 to 2008 by filing returns claiming her taxable income was far less than what she was really earning, Haag said.
Meyer pleaded guilty on Nov. 21 to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion following her 2010 indictment on 10 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion, Haag said. U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton sentenced Meyer to 41 months in prison followed by three years' supervised release.