Former bookkeeper sentenced to prison for stealing from Pistotnik law firm

Vicki J. Olivarez, 34, of Wichita, has been sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for stealing more than $948,000 from her employer, Pistotnik Law Offices, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Wichita.

Olivarez pleaded guilty to two counts of writing checks and forging signatures on the checks, which were drawn on the law firm's client trust account.

In her plea, she admitted that from 2004 through 2009 she wrote numerous unauthorized checks on the law firm's client trust account totaling more than $948,000. She deposited the stolen money into her personal accounts and used it to make payments on real property she owned in Andover.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten also imposed a forfeiture money judgment against Olivarez of $948,041, including her interest in the property at 1017 W. Walnut Court in Andover.