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Former Rochester residents plead guilty to defrauding manufacturing company

STAFF REPORTS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kana Chanel Hill and Aaron James Dempsey, formerly of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to wire fraud. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that Hill and Dempsey defrauded Nordon, Inc., a plastic manufacturing company located in Rochester. The defendants worked at the company between approximately 2014 and 2017. As a payroll specialist, Hill manually triggered Nordon to issue inflated and fraudulent paychecks to herself, co-defendant Dempsey and others. Hill also used the personal identifying information of former Nordon employees to cause Nordon to issue paychecks in the names of those employees without their knowledge or consent. The paychecks were deposited into bank accounts owned by Hill and Dempsey. The fraud was discovered when a former employee received a Form W-2 from the IRS containing a discrepancy in the employee’s pay, which triggered an internal audit by Nordon and subsequent investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2019, before Judge Siragusa.