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Note To Self: Don't Hire Gambling Addict With Theft Conviction To Be My Bookkeeper

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 2nd July 2005 11:46pm
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42-year-old Melody Schuler has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. Prosecutors say Schuler embezzled money from the owners of First Choice Homes, a Fenton-based modular home company.

Schuler was ordered to re-pay the company $195,000. She told the court that she had a "terrible gambling problem," and admitted transferring several thousand dollars from money she embezzled into an account she withdrew money from in East St. Louis, then used to gamble at the Casino Queen.

Prosecutors say that before Schuler started working at First Choice Homes, she was already on probation and ordered to stay away from all casinos, due to a previous theft conviction. First Choice Homes also does business as Hytek Investments and Hytek Mobile Home Services.

Prosecutors say Schuler forged the owner's signature on checks, depositing the checks into her account or using them to pay her personal creditors. Prosecutors say she also was responsible for paying vendors, and would keep some of the payments for herself, and would falsify the entries into the company's bookkeeping system.




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