Woman gets 30 months after forging company checks for vehicles, vacations, football

A former financial assistant at a Virginia Beach architecture firm who forged a company principal’s name on almost half a million dollars’ worth of checks was sentenced Friday in federal court to 30 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Katherine Albert-McNaughton, 37, of Virginia Beach was also ordered to pay $470,352.39 in restitution for the 83 company checks she forged from HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc., according to a summary of the case from the prosecutor’s office. Her prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

Albert-McNaughton forged the signature of a principal of HBA Architecture & Interior Design on 83 company checks that totaled $469,831.89 between October 2011 and June 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“She deposited all of the forged checks into bank accounts that she maintained and used the money for her own personal benefit, including vacations, shopping, plane tickets, photography, and the purchase of vehicles, concert and professional football tickets,” the prosecutors’ release said.

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright-Allen handed down Albert-McNaughton’s sentence.

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