Lee's Summit Woman Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Embezzling $1.5 Million

Financial crimes can bring about penalties as severe as those involving drugs or violence.  Recently, 44-year-old Patricia Webb of Lee's Summit was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. This was after she pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud in connection with $1.5 million she embezzled while working for two companies, Black & Veatch and Garmin International.  Webb also agreed to pay restitution as part of her plea deal.

While the maximum sentence for the crimes Webb pleaded guilty to is typically six years and nine months, District Judge Roseann Ketchmark called the crime "egregious" and departed upward from the federal guidelines, instead giving Webb eight years. 

Federal crimes generally incur harsher penalties for those found guilty than crimes tried at the state level.  It is critical for those facing charges of wire fraud, identity theft, counterfeiting, embezzlement, and other financial crimes consult with a seasoned Kansas City criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience in federal cases.  While Webb's plea deal resulted in a substantial number of years in prison, she was subject to a maximum of 20 years in federal prison without parole for each of the three counts of wire fraud under federal statutes. 

In some situations it is best to plead not guilty and move forward to trial; in others, it may be in the alleged offender's best interest to plead guilty to lesser charges.  Each case is different, and there are legal options.  If you are under investigation by the FBI or facing federal charges, do not hesitate before contacting a capable and aggressive criminal defense attorney in Kansas City.   

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