Ms Malden gets 3 years for stealing nearly $800,000 from employer – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $800,000 from her employer to buy drugs has been sentenced to three years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Kayla Figelski, 34, of Malden, was also sentenced to two years’ probation and paying reparations, according to a statement by US Attorneys in Boston on Friday.

Figelski worked for a lawyer specializing in elder rights, prosecutors said.

She forged checks from her employer’s checking accounts, including conservator, trust and estate accounts that her employer kept for the company’s clients and their estates, prosecutors said.

She deposited or cashed the checks into her own bank account.

She hid the fraud by altering bank statements to make it appear that the checks were made out to legitimate sellers, authorities said.

Her actions forced her employer to sell the building that housed the law firm owned by the victim’s family since 1976, prosecutors said.

She told an investigator that since a car accident in 2007, she’s been on and off prescription painkillers and used the money to buy medication.

She pled guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in May 2021.

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