- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for defrauding a business in Louisiana.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET), in a news release Thursday, said U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced 51-year-old Kim Parish, of Picayune, Wednesday and ordered her to pay full restitution in the amount of $540,201.

Court documents say Parish, in her position as an accountant for a local information technology service business, defrauded the business through two schemes over about four years.

The first scheme involved Parish issuing more than 200 checks to herself and to “petty cash” by forging the signature of the business’ owner. The second scheme involved Parish improperly crediting herself with bonus pay.

Polite says Parish took a variety of steps to conceal the schemes.

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