A former chief financial officer for IKBI Inc. was sentenced to five months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement in federal court.

Penni Tingle, 42, of Hernando was sentenced on Oct. 4 to serve five months in prison followed by five months of home detention with electronic monitoring and three years of supervised release for embezzling money from IKBI, a general contracting firm owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, U. S. Attorney John Dowdy said.

Tingle was also ordered to make $37,353.75 in restitution.

She pleaded guilty to embezzlement on April 15, 2011. The offense occurred on Choctaw Tribal lands.

A grand jury indicted Tingle on nine counts of embezzlement in U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Eastern Division.

The indictment charged that funds were embezzled between July 1, 2006 and March 25, 2008.

IKBI Inc., at 300 Choctaw Town Center #305, is a full service general contracting firm with expertise in design-build, new construction, renovation and restoration and construction management.

IKBI serves federal, state and local government clients and private sector clients throughout the Southeast. IKBI has successfully completed large commercial, industrial, and infrastructure projects.

In the Choctaw native language, IKBI means to make or construct.