Archive for Wednesday, December 28, 2005

37-month sentence given for embezzling more than $600,000

Money stolen from pharmaceutical company

December 28, 2005


A Lawrence man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for embezzling $686,905 from a pharmaceutical company using bogus expense reports.

In a hearing last week in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Judge John W. Lungstrum sentenced Gene E. Abernathy to 37 months in prison for one count of mail fraud. According to court records, Abernathy admitted stealing the money from Pharmacia Corp., now Pfizer, between 1998 and February 2002 while working as a sales representative.

Working out of his home in Lawrence, Abernathy "took advantage of an apparent lack of internal controls over expense accounts," according to court documents. Personal items he bought on his expense account included $56,000 in Hy-Vee gift cards, according to court records.

Prosecutors alleged that even after Abernathy entered his plea this summer and was awaiting sentencing, he kept spending the gift cards for example, using them to buy $1,300 in liquor in a five-day period. As a condition of his post-release supervision, Abernathy will not be allowed to work in a job in which he oversees finances and won't be able to open any new lines of credit without a probation officer's approval.


Dixie Jones 12 years, 4 months ago

larry my friend was killed by a drunk driver her and her unborn child ,, this was the drunk drivers 5th offence he spent 3 months in jail. after killing her.....but yet heres these other ppl who do way less (and im not saying that its ok that the steal or deal drugs) and they get more time than a killer ... im sorry but our system is messed up big and bad

Redneckgal 12 years, 4 months ago are so right! Right here in my own town a couple of years a ago a man beat his 3 week old baby so badly that it ended up blind and deaf. That man got a total of 36 months. After he had been sentenced that poor baby died but they couldn't try him for murder by then. Stealing money seems to be more of a crime than taking or ruining a life.

glockenspiel 12 years, 4 months ago

Hell, in my opinion, 36 months for even this is a slap on the wrist...

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