Leavenworth business owner pleads guilty to stealing from employ - KCTV5

Leavenworth business owner pleads guilty to stealing from employees

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Brenda Wood, 48, Leavenworth, KS, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from an employee benefit program. (KCTV5) Brenda Wood, 48, Leavenworth, KS, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from an employee benefit program. (KCTV5)
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS (KCTV) -

A Kansas City area business owner pleaded guilty to a federal charge of theft from an employee benefit fund on Wednesday.

Brenda Wood, 48, of Leavenworth, KS, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from an employee benefit program.

In her plea, she admitted the crime occurred while she was the owner of PCI, a building cleaning service, and CDM, a construction and property management service.

Wood set up a 401K plan, encouraged PCI and CDM employees to participate and began withholding employee contributions.

In 2011, employees learned that no contributions had been deposited in their accounts.

Wood falsely assured employees that their funds were being held in escrow. In fact, she used their contributions for her own benefit and without their permission.

Sentencing for Wood is set for Oct. 24. She faces up to five years in federal prison and restitution.

A separate trial is set for Dec. 5 on 21 other counts including bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and committing a felony while on supervised release.

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