Springfield business owner sentenced for embezzling $800,000
Updated 3:53 pm, Monday, September 11, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield business owner will spend four years in prison without parole for embezzling more than $800,000 from her clients and for not paying taxes on the embezzled income.
Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Rebecca Pargeon was sentenced last week and ordered to pay $948,273 in restitution.
She pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud and to filing a false tax return.
Pargeon owned three medical payment collection businesses - Pargeon Medical Services, Kids First Pediatric Billing, and Surgical Billing Solutions. She was hired by medical practitioners throughout the country to collect funds from patients and insurance companies. She deposited more than 740 checks written to the medical practitioners into her own accounts.
Pargeon also admitted that she failed to report the embezzled income on her federal tax returns.