Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Lawrence Employer

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Kansas City, KS (WIBW) - A Lenexa woman admits she stole from her employer and damaged the company's computer system to cover it up.

40-year old Barbra James pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of exceeding authorized access to a protected computer and intentionally causing damage to the computer system.

In her plea, she admitted the crimes took place in 2004 and 2005 while she worked as a controller for Star Signs & Graphics in Lawrence.

Prosecutors say James had remote access to her company’s accounting system and used it to falsely increase her salary, create forged checks on the company’s accounts, make unauthorized charges on the company’s American Express account and make unauthorized payments from the company’s accounts to her personal credit cards.

In her plea, James admitted that on March 18 and 19, 2005, she used her access to the company’s computer server to delete software that handled the company’s accounting. She also deleted more than 18,000 files from her workstation account.

As a result, the company’s server had to be rebuilt at a cost of more than $87,872. Total loss to the company is calculated at $105,604.

James faces a maximum ten years in federal prison and $250,000 fine when she's sentenced Dec. 14. In her plea, she agreed to pay restitution for the full amount of damages.


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