SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield business owner of three different businesses pleaded guilty to embezzling over half a million dollars and not paying taxes on the income.
Rebecca Pargeon, 58, is charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return, according to a news release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Missouri.
She owned Pargeon Medical Services, LLC, Kids First Pediatric Billing, LLC and Surgical Billing Solutions, LLC. Medical practicioners across the country hired her to collect payments owed by patients and insurance companies.
She was supposed to deposit the checks she got directly into the practitioner’s bank account. Instead, she embezzled $555,558 from clients between Jan. 11, 2012, to April 26, 2016. Pargeon admitted to depositing over 740 checks fraudulently.
She also admitted to not reporting the embezzled income on her tax returns for 2012 to 2015. The government lost $170,749 as a result.
Now, she has to forefeit $726,307 to the government. The profits from the wire fraud and $232,929 in income make up that.
According to the release, she could be sentenced to up to 23 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the United States Probation Office completes a presentence investigation.
The IRS-Criminal Investigation and FBI investigated.