Former Bloomington Parks Employee Sentenced For Fraud

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A former office manager for the Bloomington Parks Department will spend the next two years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge William Lawrence sentenced Judith Seigle of Gosport for her role in a fraud and embezzlement scheme.

Seigle was convicted of diverting, embezzling and misappropriating over $430,000 in funds from the Parks Department and the Bloomington Community Parks and Recreation Foundation for her personal use. Seigle used foundation credit cards to make personal purchases and transferred funds to her personal bank and credit card accounts. 

Seigle was able to conceal her activities by creating false bank statements and providing them to, among other people, the executive director of the foundation. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the activity occurred for over 13 years until she was caught in October 2014.

"The citizens of Bloomington deserve better from their paid city employees," said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. "Public officials need to serve the public, not themselves. The projects and programs of the Park’s Department exist to benefit the citizens of Bloomington, not Ms. Seigle."

Upon her release, Seigle must serve three years of supervised release. She has also been ordered to pay over $430,000 in restitution.

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