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Ex-Sheakley employee pleads to embezzlement scheme

CAMERON KNIGHT

CKNIGHT@ENQUIRER.COM

A Cincinnati woman pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to taking $328,000 of workers’ compensation refunds from the insurance company where she was employed, according to the Department of Justice.

Angelia Zwick, 46, faces up to 23 years in prison for wire fraud and willfully filing a false income tax return.

Zwick worked for the Sheakley Group from July 2009 through May 2013. The U.S. Attorneys Office said she devised a scheme to defraud her employer by wiring the stolen funds from her employer’s bank account to a bank account for Amerihealth and Life Solutions, a company owned by Zwick.

She also failed to report thefunds she embezzled on her taxes in 2010, and reported false expenses for Amerihealth for 2010 through 2012.

“The IRS enforces the nation’s tax laws, but also takes particular interest in cases where someone, for their own personal benefit, has taken what belonged to others,” said Frank S. Turner II, acting special agent in charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.

“To build faith in our nation’s tax system, honest taxpayers need to be reassured that everyone is paying their fair share.”

Zwick’s wire fraud charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. There is a three-year maximum sentence for tax fraud.

It is unclear when Zwick will be sentenced. The details of her federal case remain sealed.

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