Elaine Eddington of the 1100 block of North Hill Street was sentenced July 7 to two years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $505,834 in restitution.
Eddington was an office assistant who paid the bills and balanced the company checkbook at Kim’s Auto Body, 312 W. North St. in Springfield, from 2009 to 2014. A federal indictment, handed down in November 2015, accused Eddington of using company money to pay for her personal debts and expenses and to fund vacations, shopping trips and major home improvements.
In March, she pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud related to the embezzlement. After completing the prison term, Eddington will remain on supervised release for three years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Freres prosecuted the case. The investigation was conducted by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
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