CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- On Tuesday, District Court Judge James Wilson sentenced Barbara Larson, 56, to 24 to 72 months in prison on a charge of Embezzlement and 12 to 30 months on a charge related to defrauding the State of Nevada, Employment Security Division. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
Larson, 56, was the office manager and individual responsible for accounts payable and receivable of a local business. Larson admitted to using this position to issue checks to herself which were drawn upon the accounts of the business. Larson continued this behavior unabated for over a year until its eventual discovery, District Attorney Neil Rombardo says. Larson also admitted to defrauding the State of Nevada, Employment Security Division, between January 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, by failing to report earnings made during that time while she received unemployment benefits.
In handing down the prison sentence, Judge Wilson cited to the amount of funds embezzled as well as the numerous instances of criminal conduct. Finally, the Court ordered Larson to pay restitution to the victims of her embezzlement in the amount of $246,800.68 and to the State of Nevada in the amount of $3,738.00.
In an unusual turn of events during the sentencing, Larson’s son, Corey Larson, shouted an expletive to the court in disgust of the prison sentence handed down to his mother and slammed his way out of the courtroom. At the direction of Judge Wilson, the courthouse security apprehended Larson, and the Judge sentenced Larson to 10 days jail for contempt of court.