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$1.2 million theft from Garmin is alleged against woman accused in another embezzlement

A Lee’s Summit woman already accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from Black & Veatch has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $1.2 million from Garmin International.

Patricia Webb, 43, who was charged earlier this year in the Black & Veatch case, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Kansas City for the alleged embezzlement from Garmin.

The indictment alleges that Webb stole $1,224,410 while working as a senior payroll specialist for the Olathe-based company.

Between February 2012 and May 2014, Webb allegedly sent 16 unauthorized payments from Garmin to her own bank account while working for Garmin as payroll team leader.

She also was accused of stealing the identity of another Garmin employee to embezzle $7,385 from the company that managed Garmin’s health care savings accounts.

After leaving Garmin, Webb was hired as global payroll manager for Black & Veatch.

While earning a $90,000 annual salary at Black & Veatch, she allegedly stole $300,000 before the scheme was uncovered in March.

Earlier this month, Webb’s bond in the Black & Veatch case was revoked after federal prosecutors said she provided false documents to a prospective employer.

Webb previously was prosecuted in Jackson County Circuit Court for forging checks while working at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit.

She was a payroll clerk at John Knox when she was charged with forging two checks totaling $3,347, according to court records.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery in 2012, according to the records, and was placed on probation.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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