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June 19, 2024

Buxton woman sentenced to year in prison for stealing from employer

A wooden gavel File photo A Buxton woman has been sentenced for stealing from employer for over seven years.

A Buxton woman was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison for stealing more than $450,000 from her employer.

Christine Bangs, 64, will be jailed for 366 days for two counts of wire fraud and a count of making and subscribing to a false tax return.

At U.S. District Court in Portland, Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. also sentenced Bangs to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $536,350 in restitution. A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee did not disclose the name of the employer.  

In addition, Bangs will forfeit proceeds derived from her crime, including $105,000 seized from a bank account in her name. She will also pay $70,320 to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes on unreported income.

According to court records, from March 2014 until June 2021, Bangs used her professional position as an operations manager to access her employer’s credit card, bank accounts and payroll for her own gain.

She used the corporate credit card to make over $197,000 in personal purchases, including over $12,400 for tickets to a New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys football game. She stole $255,645 from the employer by making 213 wire transfers over more than seven years.

Of the money she stole, she spent more than $176,000 on entertainment, tickets and dining. Bangs omitted $183,390 in income when filing a personal tax return in 2020. 

The FBI and the IRS investigated the case.

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