Ex-Forest Service Worker Gets Prison For $1M Theft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former U.S. Forest Service accountant has been sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling $1.4 million while working for the agency in California.

Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Kathy Stamps of Rancho Cucamonga manipulated and fabricated internal Forest Service records that caused the U.S. Treasury to issue $1.4 million to accounts she controlled.

Investigators say Stamps spent more than $1 million on cars, jewelry, mortgage payments and plastic surgery, among other things.

She was sentenced on Tuesday in Los Angeles, and the judge ordered her to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

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  • diosdado1001

    And I bet, she was making a lot of money, free city-owned car, a good pension package, vacation, sick leave and bonuses.

  • Bee

    Sounds like pretty good pay. 4 years sitting on her butt for mor than a cool mil? Well, that’s an easy 250k per year she made. IF she actually pays restitution, it still works out to 75k$ per year from her skimmings. Next time, put the thief away for a more appropriate term! 10 years should do it.

  • CAB

    Why isn’t she being ordered to repay the full $1.4 million…..plus interest!!
    If I rob a bank, do I get to keep some of it?
    This is stupid!!!

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