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Woman charged with nearly $3 million embezzlement

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 10:42 a.m. CDT; updated 1:57 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City woman is charged with embezzling nearly $3 million from a bank and a company that had to close after declaring bankruptcy.

A federal grand jury indicted 52-year-old Irene Marie Brooner on Tuesday on several counts of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. She made her initial court appearance Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Brooner embezzled close to $2 million while working for Galvmet Inc., a sheet metal fabrication and steel service company that closed earlier this year. She also allegedly embezzled $1.1 million from a bank.

The fraud allegedly occurred for a decade. Prosecutors say Brooner used the money for personal expenses and lavish living, including remodeling and stocking a basement bar in her home, travel, jewelry and spa visits.


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