Fairfax woman charged with embezzling over 500K 08 Mar 18

A former bookkeeper of the Farm Mercantile hardware store in Fairfax has been charged with embezzling approximately $535,000. A grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging 58-year-old Theresa Ernestine Linsmeier with wire fraud and filing false tax returns. The charges allege she transferred money to her personal credit card directly from the accounts of the company and an unidentified individual from 2011 through 2016. She used the money to gamble online. According to the criminal complaint, Linsmeier created false entries into the Farm Mercantile’s general ledger to conceal her embezzlement and make it look like the money she told had been used to pay legitimate business expenses. It is also alleged that she underreported her true income by failing to include the money she took from her employer.