AMERICAN FORK — A Spanish Fork woman will serve no jail time for embezzling funds from the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce where she worked.
Jeanie Kay Johnson, 47, of Spanish Fork, was accused last year of skimming more than $200,000 from the chamber's coffers in just under two years.
Johnson pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to communications fraud and theft, second-degree felonies, and obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, while 12 additional felonies were dismissed.
The two second-degree felony charges were reduced to third-degree felonies Tuesday as part of plea deal when Johnson paid the final half of her $30,000 restitution to the chamber. Concurrent prison sentences of zero to five years were suspended so long as Johnson completes 36 months' probation.
Prosecutors said the chamber hired Johnson in 2005 as an office manager, receptionist and finance manager. Between February 2011 and December 2013, Johnson took money from the chamber and hid it by providing false reports to the chamber's board of directors and hiding bank documents, charges state.
Prosecutors claim Johnson obtained the money through fraudulent reimbursements, unauthorized checks and false vacation payouts. When discrepancies were discovered, Johnson went into the computer system and "deleted the financial information in an effort to hide her actions," according to the charges.
Johnson was fired when the discrepancies were discovered.