In federal court Nov. 27 in St. Paul, a former payroll agent for Land O’ Lakes was sentenced for embezzling more than $1 million from the company.
United States District Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Cynthia Carol Jacobsen, 58, of Brooklyn Park, to two years and two months in prison on one count of mail fraud. Judge Frank also ordered Jacobsen to pay $1,035,955.58 in restitution.
Jacobsen, who was charged in June pleaded guilty July 12.
“When the U.S. Mail is used for the purposes of committing fraud, it’s the job of the Postal Inspection Service to aggressively investigate and ensure America’s continued confidence in the integrity of its postal system. The sentence handed down against Ms. Jacobsen should serve as a wake-up call to those who would use the mail to commit fraud,” said Adam P. Behnen, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Denver Division, which also covers the Twin Cities.
In her plea agreement, Jacobsen admitted that from 2008 through May 15, 2012, she fraudulently entered her daughter’s name into the company’s payment system as a vendor, and then authorized 489 payments to her. During that time, Jacobsen worked as an accounts payable supervisor and authorized payments to vendors for services rendered. The illegal payments were sent by mail to Jacobsen’s residence. In addition, Jacobsen admitted forging her daughter’s signature and cashing the checks for her own personal use.