CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau County woman was sentenced to five years for wire fraud and money laundering charges.
Lisa F. Ervin, 44, was sentenced to five years on three felony counts of wire fraud and one felony count of money laundering.
She was also ordered to pay $879,070.46 in restitution for the $879,070.46 in funds she laundered from her former employer.
Court documents say Lisa Ervin spent nearly nine years as payroll administrator of Nordenia.
Nordenia is a company that manufactures flexible packaging through the use of the blown coextrusion film technology and adhesive lamination processes.
Beginning in February 2005 and continuing through early February 2011, Ervin, devised and implemented a scheme to fraudulently obtain funds for herself and others from Nordenia's payroll account, according to the United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Missouri.
As part of the scheme, Ervin, without the knowledge of or authorization from Nordenia, caused multiple payments to be made from Nordenia's account with U.S. Bank to her personal bank accounts, and other bank accounts controlled by her.
During the scheme, Ervin unlawfully obtained $879,070.46 in funds from Nordenia. Ervin subsequently sent the unlawfully obtained funds to various creditors and others to whom she owed or gifted sums of money, via wire transfers or transactions over the internet.
Ervin engaged in money laundering with the proceeds of the scheme by sending payments collectively exceeding $10,000 to numerous creditors and others to whom the defendant owed or gifted money, via wire transfers and internet transactions from her accounts.
United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. imposed a heavier sentence from the 30 to 37 months, as recommended by the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Judge Limbaugh stated that the Sentencing Guidelines were "woefully understated" in light of the magnitude of the theft, which he noted was the largest embezzlement case he has presided over in his judicial career.