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Prosecutors: Woman Embezzled $850K From St. Luke's Employees' Flex Spending Accounts


  • U.S. Department of Justice

A woman who worked for a Boise-based pension services company faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting to embezzling more than $850,000 from St. Luke's Health System employees' flexible spending accounts.

Prosecutors said 45-year-old Sara Curnow withdrew sums from St. Luke's FSA accounts ranging from $600 to $9,100 while working for Pinnacle Pension Services. The withdrawals took place over the course of six years and on a total of 294 separate occasions.

A St. Luke's spokeswoman said the stolen funds are still being recovered.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced June 8 that Curnow waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush to a single felony count of wire fraud. When she is sentenced on Aug. 30, Curnow could face prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Curnow worked as FSA administrator at Pinnacle, where she had the responsibility of reviewing and approving payment of FSA disbursement claims from clients including St. Luke's.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Boise Police Department.