A 54-year-old woman convicted of embezzling from a Lincoln medical office for several years has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
Royann Schmidgall was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln by United States District Judge John Gerrard, for wire fraud. In addition to 18 months in prison, Schmidgall was ordered to pay nearly $542,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release once she leaves prison.
Federal prosecutors say Schmidgall used her position in charge of payroll to embezzle from Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties from 2004 until she was fired in 2011. While in charge of the company's paid time off program, she paid herself for hours of unused leave time beyond what she had actually accrued as well as paying herself at a higher hourly rate of pay.
Prosecutors say that combining those two forms of embezzlement, Schmidgall took a total of $541,895 from Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties.
Schmidgall had faced 15 counts, but prosecutors agreed to drop all but one in exchange for her guilty plea.
case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the United States