Bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling more than $233,000, U.S. attorney says

Deborah Hall worked for R.A. Hermes, Inc.
Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 16:34:49-04

CINCINNATI – A 62-year-old bookkeeper who embezzled more than $233,000 pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of income tax evasion Monday, the U.S. attorney announced. 

Deborah Hall of Cincinnati, who worked for R.A. Hermes, Inc., a Delhi building contractor, cashed 154 company checks she wrote to herself between July 2009 and June 2014 and cooked the books so she wouldn’t be caught, officials said in a release.

Cook also failed to file income tax returns with the IRS for the years to conceal her true income,  according to the release.

As part of her plea agreement, Hall was ordered to pay $233,127.63 to R.A. Hermes, Inc. and $83,128.75 to the IRS.  

Bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Income tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.