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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Prison sentences, restitution recommended in $4 million theft case

  • Donna Preszler and her husband, who pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to charges involving the wife’s embezzlement of nearly $4 million from her employer
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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donna Preszler and her husband, who pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to charges involving the wife’s embezzlement of nearly $4 million from her employer and their jointly filing a false income tax return not claiming the income from the wire fraud scheme, were at the federal courthouse in Kansas City Tuesday morning for a sentencing hearing. The Preszlers, both of Chillicothe, appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Western District, in front of District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. Sentencing is expected next Monday, Aug. 18. According to a sentencing memo, filed with the court, the government has asked for a 10-year prison sentence for Donna Preszler and restitution of $4 million to Burdg, Dunham & Associates, and $1.2 million to the IRS. The government also seeks to have her taken into custody immediately after the sentencing hearing to begin serving her prison term. The government asks for a three-year prison sentence, the statutory maximum penalty, for Terrance Preszler, and the same restitution. Donna Preszler, 60, had pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and filing a false income tax return. She admitted that she embezzled $3,912,000 in a wire fraud scheme that lasted six years, from June 30, 2006 through June 15, 2012. She also admitted that she conducted financial transactions that involved the proceeds of her criminal activity. Terrance Preszler, 63, pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return. Donna Preszler was employed at Burdg, Dunham & Associates Construction Corp. (BDA) in Hamilton, Mo., from 2001 until June 2012, working as an accounting manager since 2004. BDA is a general contractor specializing in retail construction of malls, strip centers, family life centers, and other stand-alone projects. BDA serves customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, primarily building for national retail organizations.

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