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Former Weyerhaeuser employee sentenced in massive embezzlement case

Susan Tranberg has been ordered to pay more than $5.3 million in restitution.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 2:37 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 2:38 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene woman who embezzled millions from Weyerhaeuser was sentenced on Wednesday.

Susan Tranberg, 62, will serve four years and nine months as well as three years of supervised release.

Authorities say Tranberg, who worked at Weyerhaeuser for more than 40 years, defrauded the company out of more than $4.5 million.

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Court documents say starting as early as June 2004 and continuing to January 2019, Tranberg submitted fraudulent invoices for payments to a fake vendor.

In 2014, the company transitioned to a new payment processing system, so to continue the scheme, Tranberg set up a fake vendor account in the new system, forged colleagues’ signatures and used co-workers’ computer login credentials to create requests and approve payments.

She reportedly used the money to fund expensive dinners, vacations, six-figure wedding expenses, and shopping sprees.

Then, on Jan. 29, 2020, Tranberg was charged with superseding criminal information with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax evasion, and she pleaded guilty the next day.

Tranberg has been ordered to pay more than $5.3 million in restitution, including $775,984 to Weyerhaeuser, $3,805,223 to the crime victims fund, and $807,033 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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