Woman sentenced for unpaid taxes on stolen money

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – A 65-year-old Kansas City, Mo., woman who embezzled nearly $2 million from her Kansas employer has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on the money she stole.

Teresa Joyce Moore pleaded guilty in December to one count of filing false income tax returns and was sentenced Monday. In her plea deal she admitted embezzling the money while working as bookkeeper and office manager at Big W Industries in Kansas City, Kan.

Prosecutors say Moore used the embezzled money to purchase homes, furniture, appliances and other items. She reported income of about $32,000 on her 2006 federal tax return but made $451,000 through embezzlement, and in 2007 she reported making almost $31,000 but had stolen $507,000 more that she didn’t report.

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