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