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July 11, 2013Chillicothe, MO |  By: AP

Chillicothe Woman Named in Wire Fraud Case

A northwest Missouri woman is charged in an alleged embezzlement scheme that cost a construction company nearly $4 million.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 60-year-old Donna Preszler of Chillicothe faces a total of 20 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. The indictment alleges Preszler embezzled $3.9 million from Burdg, Dunham & Associates Construction Corp. of Hamilton while working as payroll manager from June 2006 to June 2012. Prosecutors allege she created payroll files that included unauthorized payments to her bank account and others. She also allegedly added false overtime hours to her weekly payroll. If convicted, Preszler would have to forfeit her home in Chillicothe and three other homes, jewelry, 10 vehicles, three ATVs and several bank accounts and funeral trust accounts.