Woman who embezzled from city, contractor in Watford City sentenced
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Weeks before her trial date, a Watford City woman accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from three organizations has been ordered to pay almost $250,000 in restitution.
Hannah Lloyd, 39, pleaded guilty Thursday to three felony counts of theft. As part of her sentencing, Northwest District Judge Daniel El-Dweek ordered Lloyd to pay restitution in approximate amounts of $139,000 to the Watford City Park District, $50,000 to the Watford City Golf Course and $56,000 to Rink Construction, as well as write apology letters to the victims.
El-Dweek also sentenced Lloyd to about a year in prison and three years of supervised probation, and to pay $1,025 in court fees.
He also dismissed three felony counts of forgery with prejudice, meaning the charges are permanently dismissed. Lloyd had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges in early March.
She was accused of embezzling the money from the three groups while working as an accountant with access to accounts and payment information. Court documents say she used fake or former employees’ names, multiple bank accounts and a business front to funnel the money.
Lloyd has been jailed since early January at the McKenzie County Correctional Facility in Watford City. She had been set for trial in June.