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LOUISVILLE - A former director of a program that provided respite services has admitted in federal court that she defrauded two agencies of over $132,000.
Sylvia Rednour and her daughter, Jennifer Roby, entered guilty pleas on Monday in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and forgery.
In separate plea agreements, the Mount Washington residents admitted that between November 1998 and November 30, 2007, they defrauded the respite care program operated by the American Red Cross through a contract with Seven Counties Services.
In her plea, Rednour admitted that she submitted invoices to Seven Counties Services and to the American Red Cross for respite services provided.
According to a release from acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill, checks were mailed to individuals who were supposedly receiving respite services.
The respite care was never provided to those individuals and checks were actually received by Rednour or Roby and fraudently endorsed and deposited into their own bank accounts.
The estimated amount taken was $132,930.
The charges for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud could carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release for up to three years.
For the charges of forgery of a security of an organization carry a penalty of up to 10 years in confinement, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua Judd and Khalid Kahloon.
It was investigated first by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department and then turned over to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service.
For several years, Rednour was in charge of the Family Support Services which provided respite care. She was also in charge of fund-raising for the agency as annual community needs meetings always mentioned the request for additional respite services.
Final sentencing is set for Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. Judge Jennifer B. Coffman will preside over the sentencing for Rednour and Roby.