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Shawneetown Woman Going to Prison for Fraud

BENTON – A Shawneetown woman was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Benton to 63 months in prison for defrauding her former employer of over $1.5 million.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven Weinhoeft, 55-year-old Paula R. Hise had previously pled guilty on April 19, 2021 to an Indictment charging her with two counts of wire fraud.

Information introduced in support of the guilty plea and sentence showed that between 2007 and 2017, Hise used her trusted position as a bookkeeper for her employer to steal funds from her employer by obtaining an unauthorized credit card, using that credit card for personal purchases, and then paying the balance of the credit card using her employer’s business checking account.

Hise concealed her crime by creating false entries in the business’ account ledgers, creating false accounting reports, and providing false information to her employer.

In addition to the 63-month term of imprisonment, Hise was also ordered to pay the United States $200 in special assessments, and to pay a total of $1,550,379.14 in restitution to her former employer, less any amounts received from a related civil suit.

Hise was also placed on a 3-year term of supervised release to follow her incarceration.