An Overland Park resident pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to a bank fraud scheme that cost her employer nearly $400,000.

Tammie Lynn Cowell, 37, waived her right to a grand jury and entered a guilty plea to U.S District Judge Gary A. Fenner.

Cowell admitted she forged checks between January 2004 and December 2009 from her employer Obermiller Construction and its former employees.  Cowell also admitted to she misused the ATM cards of Obermiller Construction, failed to deduct health care premiums from payroll checks, and, as the company’s accountant failed to pay sales tax in Kansas.

Cowell is facing up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine of 1 million dollars.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled.