February 21, 2018

Windsor woman pleads guilty in $190K embezzlement scheme

A 43-year-old Windsor woman pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport in connection with a scheme in which she embezzled $190,399 from her employer, authorities say.

Rebecca Block has waived her right to be indicted, according to John H. Durham, United States attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joel P. Garland, special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations in New England,

According to court documents and statements made in court, 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.

Block pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years. She has agreed to make restitution in amount of $190,399 to PG Life, and $42,004, plus applicable interest and penalties, to the IRS.

She was released on a $40,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 22.

The Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division conducted the investigation.

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