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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A Kirkwood man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts of wire fraud after writing himself company checks of more than $3.5 million in seven years. 

According to court documents, the former chief financial officer of The Boyd Group, Bryan G. Vonderahe, issued at least 500 company checks to himself from January 2012 through January 2019. The checks totaled about $3.8 million and were written without the knowledge or authority of the company’s ownership. 

The money was used for Vonderahe’s own use. According to court documents, the money was used to pay for travel for himself and his family and pay off his residential mortgage and gambling. 

As part of the plea, Vonderahe agreed to forfeit two vehicles, one sports vehicle and his Kirkwood residence. 

On Thursday, Vonderahe was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay about $3.8 million in restitution to his former employer.

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