OAKLAND -- A former secretary, office manager and bookkeeper for two East Bay companies is facing federal charges that she embezzled from her employers and lied on her taxes.
According to prosecutors, Kristie Gale Meyer worked for Ansil Realty & Investment Co. Inc in Lafayette and its partner firm, Walnut Creek's KLP Properties Inc.
While she was there, she "stole money by several means, including paying her credit card bills with checks drawn on the companies' bank accounts, using those funds for her personal benefit, and by taking cash advances and making payments to online gambling websites," according to a new release from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
Meyer tried to hide her crimes, Haag said, by making false accounting entries in the companies' accounting systems and by destroying copies of the fraudulent checks.
Meyer also filed false tax returns from 2006 to 2008, substantially underreporting her income, Haag said.
Haag did not say how much money Meyer allegedly stole or lied about, nor did she release Meyer's age and city of residence.
A grand jury indicted Meyer on Thursday. It was not immediately clear Friday whether she had hired an attorney.
Her former employers declined to comment on the case.
Meyer is due in court on Aug. 20.
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