Accounts payable audits can help prevent embezzlement crimes before they happen. Even in situations where an employee was entrusted with funds because of his or her dedication to the cause, this simple solution can safeguard a company's assets in worst-case scenarios. For example, a former Illinois woman who worked as an accountant for the Illinois State Department of Corrections was caught embezzling more than $75,000 from a fund reserved for prison workers slain on the job.
According to Pantograph.com, the accused, 45-year old Mary Ann Bohlen, was well-connected to the fund because of her position, which placed her in charge of several high-security accounts. SJ-R reported that Bohlen served in her position for eight years, between 2004 and 2012. In 2006, she was given control over the Inmate Commissary Fund, and over the course of her connection to the account, Bohlen embezzled more than $50,000 by making account checks payable to herself and to cash.. According to the source, the accused stole close to $27,000 from additional accounts throughout her tenure in the position, in addition to the $50,000.
Bohlen faces 21 months in federal prison for her crimes and is required to pay restitution in the amount of $27,174 to the Department of Corrections and an additional $23,540 to the Illinois Correctional Employees Memorial Association.