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WY DCI to present Zynda case overview

Posted: Thursday, Oct 10th, 2013

GUERNSEY-Members of the Guernsey community will finally get an explanation of what happened in the embezzlement case involving former Clerk-Treasurer Leslie Zynda.

Shawn Puente, one of the investigating agents for the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation, will be at Guernsey’s Town Hall on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:15 p.m. to present an overview of the investigation and will also answer questions following his presentation. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Zynda served as Guernsey’s clerk-treasurer for seven years, beginning in May, 2004 and was released from her employment for the Town in the spring of 2011. Following a two-year investigation, she was charged with one felony count of income tax evasion. The charge was based on $276,706 she did not report on income tax returns-funds she illegally took from the Town of Guernsey. The charge also included an additional $75,089 Federal tax liability, the amount Internal Revenue Service said was due on the unreported income.

In March of 2013, Zynda signed a plea agreement with Federal prosecutors to admit guilt to the tax evasion and in turn, Platte County agreed not to pursue charges related to embezzlement or misappropriation of funds. It was also stated that first restitution would be made to the Town for the funds stolen and then to Internal Revenue for the taxes due on those funds.

Zynda was sentenced to serve 24 months in Federal prison by Judge Alan B. Johnson on May 22, 2013 in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne.

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