Government still holding $6.5 million of embezzled assets, company demanding it back

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) The company that Leslie Janous embezzled more than $6.5 million from is asking why the government still hasn't unfrozen any of the assets that were purchased using that stolen money.

Janous and her wife Leslie lived a lavish lifestyle, buying extravagant jewelry, foreign cars and extended vacations.

Janous was nicknamed 'Party Mom' after she threw her daughter such an outrageous birthday party, MTV came to their home to film it for the TV show 'My Super Sweet 16'.

Sandy Todd is the president and CEO of Scancarbon, the company that Janous once worked for as a bookkeeper and stole more than $6.5 million from to live that lifestyle.

It's been more than two years since Janous was sentenced to nine years in prison, and Todd and her company still haven't received anything that was taken from them.

"This just makes me physically ill," Todd said while walking around the house that Janous and her wife bought before Janous was found out.

Todd feels ill because the 1.2 million dollar home was purchased and upgraded using money that Janous took from her. And Todd can't do anything with it while the government continues to hold it.

The house is the largest asset Scancarbon is fighting to get back under its control so it can try to sell it and get some of its money back.

It turns out that Janous' wife, Leigh Janous, is looking to get some of the assets back from the government as well.

"I worked over 25 years to earn that money. And to have someone come in and just think that they could take it and then have the material returned to them...it just makes me feel awful," Todd said.

Leigh Janous' attorney, Lynn Tarpy, said they are working to follow the money trail from the purchases, and that trail proves several of the items were purchased with Leigh's money.

Because the Janouses made less than $100,000 a year and had bills totaling more than two million dollars in a year, that's a notion Todd doesn't understand.

"I don't understand how she can feel that she's owed anything," Todd said about Leigh.

Lawyers for Scancarbon say Leigh will be in court in December, arguing her case to get some of those items back. Once that in complete, the government may begin to release some of the seized assets back to Scancarbon.


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