Fraud nets Windsor woman 1-year prison sentence

BY Gregory Seay

A 43-year-old Windsor woman will spend a year and a day in federal prison for embezzling $190,399 from her employer and for filing a fraudulent tax return, prosecutors say.

Rebecca Block also was sentenced Tuesday in Bridgeport federal court on her conviction for tax evasion, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill also ordered Block to undergo one year of supervised release. She also must repay her ex-employer what she stole, and remit more than $42,000 in unpaid taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, which conducted the criminal probe.

According to investigators, Block, who was employed by PG Life Planning Associates Inc. in West Hartford, stole the $190,399 from the company between 2010 and 2013 by issuing checks payable to herself and depositing those checks into her personal bank account.

She concealed the embezzlement from her employer by disguising multiple payments over four years in PG Life's internal accounting records as legitimate business expenses, authorities said. She also failed to report a total of $42,004 in income taxes on her 2010 through 2013 federal tax returns.