Chillicothe woman indicted for embezzling nearly $4 million from construction firm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Wednesday Donna Preszler of Chillicothe, Mo. was charged in a 20-count indictment for a wire fraud scheme where she’s alleged to have embezzled nearly $4 million from her former employer, Burdg, Dunham and Associates Construction Corp.

She worked as the company’s accounting manager from 2004-2012. The indictment alleges that she embezzled $3,912,000 from June, 2006 to June, 2012 by using the company’s accounting software to create payroll files that made false and fictitious payments to her’s and other’s bank accounts.

Preszler allegedly reimbursed herself for expenses and overtime that never existed. Between 2004-2006 she is said to have initiated approximately $76,000 in false overtime payments. Those payments were then subject to BDA’s withholding income taxes.

While employed by BDA she password protected her payroll information. She has been formally charged with six counts of wire fraud and 14 counts of money laundering.

Preszler is subject to a forfeiture allegation where she may have to release the following: Her home which rests on 3.44 acres of land in Chillicothe in addition to three other residences, 10 vehicles, three Yamaha ATV’s and multiple bank accounts and funeral trusts. Most of these items have already been seized by law enforcement agents.

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