- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors say a suburban Kansas City woman charged with stealing from the engineering firm Black & Veatch is also being investigated for possibly embezzling $1.2 million from navigation device maker Garmin.

Patricia Webb, 43, of Lee’s Summit, was charged this month with embezzling more than $300,000 from the engineering firm, where she was payroll manager after a stint at the payroll team leader for Kansas-based Garmin, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1TegvW8 ) reported.

Federal prosecutors say in court documents that the investigation into the Black & Veatch thefts led to the FBI discovering larger thefts from Garmin. No charges have been filed in connection with the Garmin case.

Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said he couldn’t comment on possible charges, noting that the investigation is ongoing.

In seeking the forfeiture of property and money from Webb, prosecutors allege that $1.2 million was transferred without authorization from a Garmin account to a business account set up by Webb. The motion seeks the forfeiture of her Lee’s Summit home, a 2013 Chrysler 300 and more than $75,000 from two bank accounts.

Her attorney, John O’Connor, didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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