Woman sentenced for embezzling from University of Missouri

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A former University of Missouri employee who admitted earlier this year that she embezzled more than $781,000 was sentenced to four years in federal prison without parole.

Fifty-five-year-old Carla Rathmann, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced Tuesday for one count each of mail fraud and credit card fraud. She also was ordered to pay $781,670 in restitution.

Rathmann stole the money while working as an administrative officer at the university’s Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon.

Prosecutors say Rathmann embezzled the money over 13 years setting up three shell companies and submitting fake and fraudulent invoices and by fraudulently using a university credit card. She spent the money on gambling, remodeling her home, vacations, luxury items and to pay daily expenses.

Rathmann was fired in September 2015.