Oil and gas office manager pleads guilty to embezzling over $1.2 million
Ponca City Now - October 18, 2019 11:37 am
OKLAHOMA CITY – Christa Dawn Jackson, of Tuttle, has pleaded guilty to an information that charges her with embezzling more than $1.2 million through wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing. She has also pleaded guilty to signing a false federal income tax return and admitted that she owes the IRS more than $200,000.
According to federal charges filed on Sept. 26, 2019, Jackson worked as an office manager at AllPoints Pipe Service Inc., where she had access to company checks and accounting systems. The United States alleges that from February 2010 to June 2017, she made company checks out to herself and her husband and forged the signature of the company’s owner on those checks. It also alleges she initiated electronic transfers from company bank accounts to third parties for her own benefit and created false invoices to conceal her embezzlement. In addition to charging wire fraud, the government charged her with signing a false 2014 federal income tax return on which she reported that her income was only $96,496, when she knew her income was substantially higher.
Jackson pleaded guilty to both crimes on Tuesday. She has entered a plea agreement that requires her to pay restitution to AllPoints Pipe Service in the amount of $1,254,064.09 and to the IRS in the amount of $223,808.00. The plea agreement also provides for a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of the embezzlement.
At sentencing, Jackson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for wire fraud and three years in prison for signing a false tax return. She could also be required to serve a total of four years of supervised release and to pay a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
These charges are the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation–Oklahoma City Division, with assistance from the El Reno Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Farrior.