Great Falls Woman Charged With Embezzling Over $200,000 From Conrad Company.
A Great Falls Woman has been charged with embezzling a serious amount of cash from two different companies. Tara Durnell was charged in federal court with wire and mail fraud.
According to charging documents in the case, Durnell allegedly stole $200,000 from Kronebusch Electric, Inc. in Conrad. Federal documents say she had access to business accounts with the electric company and would use the money for her own personal use. She reportedly used the money to pay her credit card debt, car loans, family members debt, taxes on her home and a bar she owned in Conrad. According to our investigation, Durnell owned the TNT Bar in Conrad.
She also reportedly stole as much as $15,000 from a Great Falls Company. That company is Mitchell's Crash Repair. When she worked for them she would use the companies pre-signed checks to pay for her personal expenses and would then miscode the payments into the companies software system to make them look like legitimate business expenses. This money was reportedly used to make tax payments on her home and the TNT Bar in Conrad.
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According to the charging documents, Durnell is facing 13 counts of wire fraud and a least one count of mail fraud. She faces as much as 40 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
The Federal Charge sheet does not give us a time frame for when the embezzlement allegedly took place. We also don't know if she still owns the TNT Bar in Conrad.
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