- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A former bookkeeper for a Mesa company has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for income tax evasion.

Prosecutors say 66-year-old Deanna Kay Frader previously pleaded guilty in the case.

Frader was the sole office manager and bookkeeper for Mesa-based Ardent Sound Inc. for more than 20 years until April 2012.

Prosecutors say she evaded income tax on nearly $1.7 million she embezzled from Ardent Sound.

The embezzlement was discovered during an Internal Revenue Service audit of a company Frader owned.

Frader was accused of creating a fictitious loan agreement with Ardent Sound and forging the signature of its prior president.

In a plea agreement, Frader admitted she stole funds from Ardent Sound on nearly 400 occasions and then altered the company’s records. She must pay full restitution.

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