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Missouri Couple Embezzled $824,000 From Employer

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File photo of blank checks. (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has gone to federal prison for helping launder some of the nearly $824,000 his wife embezzled from a company where they both worked.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 41-year-old Thomas D. Hutchens, of Blue Springs, was taken from court Monday to begin serving his 46-month sentence immediately.

Thomas Hutchens was convicted in December on seven counts of money laundering. Shanna Hutchens was sentenced in 2010 to 46 months for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Richardson Hauling in Sugar Creek.

Shanna Hutchens became the company’s bookkeeper in 2004 and almost immediately began forging company checks to herself and her husband.

Prosecutors said the couple spent the stolen funds on a house, cruises, numerous cars and boats and multiple trips to Las Vegas.

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