Ex-Rapid City Rush employee makes plea deal after stealing over $700,000 from team
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The former office manager for the Rapid City Rush hockey team faces up to 45 years in prison after making a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
Jennifer Durham, 42, is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the team. She is believed to have handled most of the team’s finances in her job as office manager.
According the documents from United States District Court, Durham has agreed to pay restitution totaling $700,000 to Rapid City Professional Hockey, LLC. She’ll also have to pay the Internal Revenue Service $186,277 as restitution for unreported income. Court documents say Durham stole the money for personal use, including $15,000 for phone bills.
The two counts of wire fraud each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. The one count of Tax evasion Carries a maximum five-year sentence and/or a $250,000 fine. A judge still needs to agree to the plea deal.
You can read the case documents HERE.