Federal authorities have charged a Great Falls woman with 10 counts of wire fraud after she allegedly altered invoices for a local construction company to the tune of $565,000.
According to the U.S. District Court indictment, Lynn Bapp Tempel managed the finances at William Tempel Construction, receiving subcontractor and supplier invoices submitted to the business for construction projects.
In 2013, William Tempel Construction entered into a contract with a woman to build a $4.4 million residence in Great Falls. Subcontractors supplying materials, equipment and labor submitted invoices directly to the company.
Over the course of three years, Tempel allegedly did not provide the homeowner with the original invoices from the subcontractors. Instead, she’s accused of providing approximately 153 William Tempel Construction invoices that falsified, altered or inflated the originals.
Her actions allegedly resulted in William Tempel Construction receiving more than $565,000 to which it was not entitled.
During the same timeframe, Tempel reportedly withdrew approximately $566,000 in cash from the company’s business account.
Hearing dates for the case are not yet available.
Criminal justice reporter Traci Rosenbaum reports on law enforcement issues for the Tribune. Reach her at [email protected] or 406-791-1490.
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