TOLEDO — The former owner of a Delphos payroll company accused of stealing nearly $1 million from clients will spend 44 months in federal prison.
Jennifer Edelbrock, of Kalida, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District court to 44 months in federal prison on charges of bank fraud.
The woman pleaded guilty last fall to three of seven federal charges against her.
Edelbrock admitted transferring $2,000 on April 10, 2014, from her payroll account to All Seasons Lawn and Recreation LLC, which was owned by her husband. She also moved $1,000 from the payroll account on April 18 and May 28, sending money to a personal account.
Prosecutors dismissed the remaining four charges in exchange for her guilty pleas.
Authorities raided Edelbrock’s business first in 2015 as part of a local investigation into financial crimes. In November 2016, Edelbrock received three years probation in Allen County after stealing $19,176 from the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars. In Putnam County, she was sentenced to 40 days in jail and three years on probation for stealing $17,250 from the Kalida Band Boosters.
In the federal case, prosecutors said clients expected Edelbrock to hold money in trust to pay clients’ payroll expenses, including federal, state and local tax obligations. She allegedly concealed the late payment of taxes, as delinquency notices and penalties only went to her.
The Delphos Herald reported that prior to sentencing last week in the U.S. courtroom in Toledo, Jacqueline Johnson, Edelbrock’s attorney, blamed a “shopping addiction” for her client’s behavior.
“What were you thinking?” Judge Jack Zouhary asked Edelbrock, according to the Delphos newspaper. “You’re an educated woman. Did you think you were going to get away with it? We all make mistakes. Jennifer, you made a whopper.”
Edelbrock was granted the opportunity to report to prison following the May 26 graduation of her daughter from Kalida High School.