SALT LAKE CITY — A former secretary for a Murray painting contractor will go to prison for funneling more than a $1.3 million in customer payments into a personal account.

A federal judge sentenced Pamela Sue Madsen, of Bluffdale, to 46 months in prison followed by five years probation. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart also ordered her to pay back the stolen money and forfeit three snowmobiles and three four-wheelers.

Madsen, 39, earlier admitted to money laundering and mail fraud as part of plea agreement with prosecutors.

Madsen worked for Professional Painting Inc., where her duties included payroll, data entry and preparing checks for deposit. She opened a bank account in November 2007 under a slight variation of her employer's name and for three years deposited customers' checks  for her personal use. She credited the accounts on the company's books to make it look like the bills were paid.

Some of the checks came from two of the state largest general contractors, Jacobsen Construction and Big-D Construction.