Local women sentenced in embezzlement cases

Undated_A Snyder woman will be spending 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling over $600,000 from her employer.

Sandra Johnson worked as an office manager for a pediatrician in Lawton.

One of her responsibilities was to deposit checks from insurance companies to pay for medical services.

Instead, investigators say Johnson would cash many of these checks for herself.

She pled guilty last May. She was ordered to repay the money she stole from the pediatrician, as well as nearly $200,000 to the IRS for filing a false tax return. She was also sentenced to probation and community service.

In an unrelated case, Kristal Leann Lucas, 39, of Frederick pleaded guilty to stealing more than $62,000 from the First National Bank of Frederick.  She worked as a teller from 2007 til 2010. Investigators say she created false deposit tickets to cover her crimes.

The judge ordered her to spend six months in prison, plus six months under house arrest, and three years on probation following her release, as well as community service, and repaying the money she stole.