Former Neogen employee sentenced in embezzlement case

Former Neogen employee sentenced in embezzlement case

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Tammy Ritter sentenced to one year in prison, probation and restitution

A former Neogen employee has been sentenced after pleading guilty to embezzling money from the company.

Tammy Ritter, who pleaded guilty on February 26 to embezzling more than $100,000 from the company, was sentenced on April 21 to one year in prison and 60 months’ probation. She was also ordered to pay US$275,000 in restitution to Neogen and nearly US$250,000 to Federal Insurance Co., as well as US$1,800 in fines and court costs. Ritter was ordered to report to Ingham County Jail in Michigan on April 23.

The case, investigated by the Lansing Police Department, involved alleged conduct that occurred between 2014 and 2018. Evidence was presented to the prosecutor’s office in October 2018 and Ritter was charged in November 2019.

A request for comment from Neogen was not returned.

About the company

Based in Lansing, Michigan, Neogen develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division provides biosecurity products, animal genomics testing and manufactures and distributes a variety of animal health care products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and veterinary instruments.

In late March, Neogen said its revenues for the third quarter of its 2020 fiscal year, which ended February 29, were US$99.9 million, up 2% from the previous year’s third quarter revenues of US$97.7 million.