Lee changes plea for Lee Metal Works embezzlement

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SHERIDAN — Linda Lee made a change of plea to eight counts related to thefts of Lee Metal Works in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday.

Lee pleaded guilty to three of eight counts in district court pursuant to a plea agreement offered to the court. She faced one count of forgery, two counts of theft of identification and five counts of unlawful use of a credit card.

Lee served as the office manager for Lee Metal Works and was married to owner Carl Lee at the time. She handled work orders, scheduling, inventory, ordering parts, payments, accounts receivable and payable and day-to-day office management.

From around December 2015 to July 2016, Lee used the company’s money for a personal account on Beezid.com, a penny-auction site requiring consumers to purchase bids. She also started a loan with Ondeck Capital, Inc. in October 2015 that held an unpaid balance of $105,718.06. Lee also opened and charged to credit cards under Lee Metal Works for personal use. In total, Lee spent approximately $235,000 of company funds without permission.

For pleading guilty to one count of forgery and two counts of unlawful use of a credit card, Lee faces up to 18 years in prison. The plea agreement suspended all three three- to six-year sentences for 20 years of probation and direction to pay full restitution to Carl Lee and Lee Metal Works.

Linda Lee’s sentencing hearing will be held June 26 at 9:45 a.m. in district court.

By |Apr. 20, 2018|

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