Woman ordered to pay back nearly $600,000 in wire fraud case

December 23, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former payroll clerk for a South Dakota trucking company accused of writing checks to herself for more than a decade has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay back more than half a million dollars.

Fifty-year-old Sheila Verbrugge, of Brandon, pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud.

Authorities say she began diverting money from a Blachowske Truck Line, Inc. account in January 2010. It continued until April of this year.

U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier on Monday sentenced Verbrugge to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

She was also ordered to pay back $577,577.