GREAT FALLS – The CFO of a Great Falls construction company today admitted to defrauding a scheme in which she forged invoices to steal more than $ 500,000 from a client to build a residence, Acting US Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Lynn Bapp Tempel, 60, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Tempel faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and three years of supervised release. A plea agreement filed in the case demands that Tempel be responsible for the full restitution, estimated at $ 519,524.
U.S. Chief District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Justice Morris has set the sentence for February 17, 2022. Tempel has been released pending further prosecution.
The government alleged in court documents that Tempel was handling the finances of William Tempel Construction, which had entered into a contract to build a residence for a client. From May 2013, subcontractors submitted their invoices directly to William Tempel Construction. Tempel provided the customer with invoices in which it had fraudulently inflated the required payment amount. William Tempel Construction received approximately $ 4.41 million from the client for the construction of the residence. The investigation determined that Tempel had falsified, altered and inflated around 153 invoices from subcontractors.
Assistant US Attorney Ryan G. Weldon is continuing the case, which has been investigated by the FBI and the Great Falls Police Department.