Julie Ann Lee, of Farmington, MN, was indicted by the U.S. Attorney on four counts of wire fraud and six counts of filing false tax returns.
Lee, while working as a controller for the exclusive Town & Country Club in St. Paul from 2008 to 2016, is accused of embezzling more than $1 million.
According to the indictment, Lee issued more than 50 company checks to herself totaling over $150,000. In addition, she stole approximately $250,000 in cash which she deposited into her own accounts and made payments to her own credit cards directly from the club’s accounts of over $600,000.
Because of her scheme, the club had insufficient funds to make its quarterly payroll tax payments. In an effort to hide the shortage, Lee filed false quarterly payroll tax returns that were not only late but understated the amount due to the IRS. The country club incurred more than $300,000 in interest and penalties to the IRS.
Her trial date is pending.