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Former employee admits to stealing nearly $1.5 million from Saint Alphonsus

Lois Soito pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.

BOISE, Idaho — A former employee of Saint Alphonsus Health System has pleaded guilty to charges that she defrauded the organization of nearly $1.5 million.

Lois Soito, 60, of Horseshoe Bend entered guilty pleas on Wednesday to two counts of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise announced.

Soito worked for two decades in the accounts receivable department for Saint Alphonsus in Boise, and had access to money raised at the annual Festival of Trees.

Beginning in January 2005, prosecutors said, Soito kept checks intended for Saint Alphonsus Health System instead of depositing them in the appropriate account. She then fraudulently deposited some of the checks into a bank account used to reimburse SAHS vendors. From that account, Soito wrote checks payable to herself and deposited them into a credit union account she controlled, authorities said.

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Court documents show Soito also used some of the checks that she kept to conceal her theft of funds from the Festival of Trees. 

Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. As part of her guilty pleas, Soito agreed to pay restitution of at least $1,483,963.82 to Saint Alphonsus.

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