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February 25, 2014

Bucyrus woman is accused of embezzling from plumbing company

Susan Elise Prophet was charged in a 16-count indictment with wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. She was a bookkeeper for Dorfman Plumbing Supply Co. from December 2012 until she was fired eight months later in August.

A former bookkeeper for Dorfman Plumbing Supply Co. was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Kansas City for allegedly embezzling more than $543,000 from the company.

Susan Elise Prophet of Bucyrus, Kan., was charged in a 16-count indictment with wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. She was a bookkeeper for Dorfman from December 2012 until she was fired eight months later in August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri said in a news release.

Prophet could not be reached for comment.

Dorfman, a longtime area plumbing supplier at 1840 Cherry St., was acquired late last year by Ferguson Enterprises Inc. of Newport News, Va. Ferguson is one of the nation’s largest plumbing supply wholesalers.

The indictment alleges that Prophet wrote 105 unauthorized checks drawn on Dorfman’s bank account for her benefit. She allegedly opened multiple bank accounts using a fake Social Security number and a misspelled variation of her last name.

She also allegedly altered the company’s financial records to concel her scheme.

Prophet used the funds to purchase trucks, a car, a motorcycle, furniture, electronics and other items, the indictment alleges. She also withdrew large amounts of cash, the indictment said.

The FBI and the Kansas City Police Department were involved in the investigation.

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