Sartori gets term for embezzlement
CRYSTAL FALLS—A Crystal Falls woman accused of embezzling from the Oldenburg Group, now Lake Shore Systems, over a period of three years was sentenced to 90 days in jail in Iron County Trial Court on July 9.
Laura Lee Sartori, 54, will serve 60 days in jail starting immediately and then can serve the final 30 days through community service. She was given credit for one day of jail time. Sartori was initially charged with embezzlement of $50,000 or more but less than $100,000, a 15-year felony. However, as part of a plea agreement, Sartori pleaded no contest to an amended count of embezzling more than $1,000 but less than $20,000, a five-year felony and/or a $10,000 fine.
During the sentencing, it was revealed that Sartori embezzled more than $90,000 over a period from October 2013 through October 2016. The actual amount of restitution stands at $125,694.27 with costs and fees added. Judge C. Joseph Schwedler said the court would honor any civil agreement that would reduce that amount.
At the time of the crimes, Sartori was employed in the human resource department of the company, where she had worked for 12 years.
During an earlier hearing, portions of the investigation report revealed that Sartori used several different methods to obtain reimbursements, such as reserving a hotel room, getting a confirmation number and then cancelling the room only to keep the reimbursement. The report also said Sartori admitted to improperly using a company credit card and submitting for reimbursement charges that were paid by other means, another employee’s corporate credit card or to accounts payable. She also admitted that she submitted check requests to be reimbursed without ever putting the charges on the credit card.