Castlewood woman embezzles more than $1 million


A Castlewood woman is given 15-years in prison for embezzling 
more than $1 million dollars from her employer. 

Forty-eight-year-old Brenda Anderson was the office coordinator for 
Sioux Rural Water Systems in Watertown from 2005 to late 2013.  
She pleaded guilty to aggravated grand theft and admitted stealing
more than $1.15 million dollars during her employment.  

Judge Robert Timm says it's the most egregious case he has 
seen in 27-years serving on the bench.

States Attorney Dawn Elshere says Anderson wrote checks to 
accounts payable and then altered them to pay her personal credit 
cards and then altered bank statements to make it appear the 
payments were made to the proper account.

The 15-years in the maximum sentence.  Judge Timm says he 
wanted to send a message to others.  Anderson also was 
ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, court costs and make restitution.

Anderson had made no attempts in making restitution prior to 

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Topics : LaborLaw_Crime
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Locations : Watertown
People : Brenda AndersonDawn ElshereRobert Timm
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