Former Ala. bookkeeper sentenced in fraud scheme


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Attorney's officials say a former bookkeeper has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for stealing more than $900,000 from her former employer.

Authorities say 68-year-old Peggy McGlaughn this week was sentenced to 57 months in prison. The woman was charged with fraud and aggravated identity theft for getting executives of the construction company she worked for to sign more than 100 checks she said were being used for company expenses.

Authorities say McGlaughn made the checks out to another company employee and forged his signature on them before cashing them at a local bank and pocketing the money.

McGlaughn is ordered to serve five years supervised release and pay restitution to the company that employed her for 24 years.

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