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Former country club controller gets 2 years for fraud

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The former controller of the Country Club of Indianapolis has been sentenced to two years in federal prison following her conviction on charges she defrauded the club of more than $400,000.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced the sentencing of 41-year-old Denise Abrell on Tuesday. Abrell was convicted this week on a charge of wire fraud.

Officials say Abrell wrote checks against the club's bank accounts in her own name and repeatedly used the club's credit card without the organization's knowledge or authority over three years ending in December 2011.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia J. Ridgeway, who prosecuted the case for the government, says Abrell was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her release.

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  • Church finances
    The same horrible situation can exist in a church. It's always wise to hire an independent professional look at financials and internal controls even in "God's" house!
  • Typical in clubs
    This is typical in private clubs. Someone in a trusted financial position siphons off the funds into a ghost account or phoney billing scheme. Happened at the Indpls Athletic Club (all that fire insurance money enriched someone) over and over, recently at the Columbia Club and scores of Legions, VFW's and golf clubs too. Somehow it never gets reported or prosecuted even when they find two sets of books! They quietly cover it up and hope for restitution, which usually never happens. They just raise dues and assess the members.

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