District Judge Joel Tingey sentenced a Pingree man Monday to an underlying sentence of five years in prison for embezzling $112,275 from his employer, Doug Andrus Distributing.
Lynn “Todd” Woods, 48, pleaded guilty to grand theft. Pursuant to a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed an additional charge of computer fraud.
Bonneville County Deputy Prosecutor Danny Clark said the state agreed to recommend probation if Woods paid the money back in full before sentencing. Since Woods paid back the stolen funds, he will be placed on probation for two years after serving 30 days in jail.
Woods worked as a broker for the Idaho Falls-based trucking company before he was arrest-
ed Dec. 5 by Bingham
County Sheriff’s deputies. As a part of his job, Woods arranged transportation for loads that
his company contracted to other carriers, said Lynn Fuhriman, company vice president.
Woods created fictitious loads for dates that were far in advance, issued checks for the loads and then cashed the checks himself, authorities said. Woods created 35 fictitious loads and issued 125 false checks from January 2012 to January 2013. He was fired and an investigation into the theft began May 17, 2013.
The fraud was discovered when Fuhriman found a load was keyed into the system in August 2012 but wasn’t hauled until February or early March of 2013. After further investigation, company officials found several other apparent irregularities.