Hockey Team Bookkeeper Gets 37 Months For $700,000 Embezzlement

 The former bookkeeper for the minor league ice hockey Rapid City Rush has been sentenced to a little more than three years in prison for embezzling over $700,000 from the team.

     Jennifer Durham was facing up to 45 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in July to one count of attempted tax evasion and 2 counts of wire fraud, but U-S District Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced her to just 37 months on all counts.

       Judge Viken did require Durham to pay $700,000 in restitution to the Rush and an additional $186,000 to the IRS.

       Durham has a variety of health issues that put her at higher risk with the coronavirus pandemic, and rather than prison the judge ordered to serve her sentence at a federal medical center. She is to report on January 19th.

      Durham was originally charged with stealing $907,000 between 2010 and 2019, but the amount used for the charges was dropped to $700,000.

      She admitted in court documents to a variety of scams including making wire transfers to herself from the team’s account, taking cash from the team for personal use, and paying herself more than her salary.