Overland Park Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud

KANSAS CITY, KAN. โ€“ A Kansas woman was sentenced to 33 months in prison for bank fraud.

According to court documents, Stephenie Stites, 52, of Overland Park worked as the accounts payable clerk for Norbrook Inc. In 2020, Norbrook noticed accounting discrepancies and when confronted, Stites admitted to making approximately $72,000 in unauthorized charges on the companyโ€™s credit card. A full review showed sheโ€™d embezzled more than $712,000 from Norbrook by creating two fake companies and manipulating invoices. As indicated in her plea agreement, Stites spent the stolen money to pay for personal expenses such as home and vehicle expenses, travel, hotels, real estate, and other disbursements.

A federal judge sentenced Stites to 33 months in prison to be followed by fourย years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $712,890.27 in restitution to the victim company.

Charles Dayoub, Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Office of the FBI said, โ€œStites perpetuated a scheme, misappropriating funds to fake companies and misusing company credit cards for personal gain. ย Her actions resulted in the embezzlement of over $700,000 and violated the trust placed in her by her employer. ย This sentencing demonstrates the FBIโ€™s commitment to investigate financial fraud and to hold those individuals accountable for their actions.โ€

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan J. Huschka prosecuted the case.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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