An Aurora woman appeared in federal court in Springfield yesterday on charges of embezzlement, according to Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District.
Diana Kay Erickson, 45, a bookkeeper for Superior Lifts of Aurora, was charged in a 16-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury that alleged she embezzled $219,606 from her employer. Superior Lifts, between Sept. 7, 2006 and April 2, 2008, Superior Lifts, which once had offices in Aurora, is no longer in business.
Erickson, who also performed bookkeeping duties for Goolsby Rental Properties. was also indicted for embezzling $34,242 from that business, which was also operated by the owners of Superior Lifts. Goolsby Rental Properties managed rental properties out of Wichita, Kan.
Erickson is charged with three counts of forged checks related to checks drawn on the bank account of Goolsby Rental Properties and made payable to herself, which she then deposited into her own bank account.
Erickson is also charged with 13 counts of mail fraud related to checks from customers who mailed their payments to Superior Lifts, but which Erickson allegedly deposited into her own bank account.
The case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS Criminal Investigation, the Aurora Police Department and the Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney's Office investigated.