Palmetto Woman Arrested for Embezzlement of Funds from Local Company
TAMPA—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest of Beverly Sue Gingell (60, Palmetto) on a federal complaint charging her with committing wire fraud. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain caused by the offense or twice the gross loss caused by the offense. Gingell made her initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Jenkins yesterday and was released on a $50,000 personal surety bond.
According to the complaint, Gingell was formerly employed by a Bradenton company, Pro-Link, as the company’s finance manager. Beginning in the summer of 2010 through March 2011, Gingell allegedly embezzled nearly $700,000 from the company by sending money via wire transfer to her bank account and by also obtaining money orders payable to herself and others. One of the wire transfers was used to pay off the remaining mortgage balance on Gingell’s residence. Also, while interfacing with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents on behalf of the company, Gingell misrepresented her authority. She also misrepresented the results of an IRS audit of Pro-Link business tax returns to Pro-Link owners.
The charges in the complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was part of an ongoing joint investigative effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, and the Bradenton Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.