Saluda woman pleads guilty to filing false tax returns, embezzling $337,000

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Monday, May 6, 2019

SALUDA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Saluda woman has pleaded guilty after the U.S. Attorney's Office says she filed false tax returns.

Brenda Rodgers, 57, entered the plea to District Court Judge Timothy Cain, who accepted the plea and will sentence Rodgers at a later date.

Rodgers worked at a property and casualty insurance agency in Columbia, S.C., between 2012 and 2016. She allegedly embezzled by writing checks from a particular client’s account to herself. She also forged the name of her supervisor.

According to a press release, during the tax years 2012 through 2016, Rodgers wrote herself 325 checks totaling over $337,000. Investigators say she hid the activity by making false entries in accounting records and check stubs.

Rodgers also avoided reporting taxable income from the embezzled funds and avoided $78,892 in tax payments.

The maximum penalty Rodgers faces is three years in federal prison and a fine of $100,000.