Tuttle Woman Gets 4 years for Embezzlement
Mike Seals - May 18, 2020 11:35 pm
OIL & GAS OFFICE MANAGER TO SERVE FOUR YEARS FOR EMBEZZLING OVER $1.2 MILLION FROM EMPLOYER AND SIGNING A FALSE TAX RETURN
OKLAHOMA CITY – CHRISTA DAWN JACKSON, 46, of Tuttle, has been sentenced to serve 48 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.2 million from her employer through wire fraud and 24 months for signing a false federal income tax return, with the sentences to be served concurrently, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
On October 15, 2019, Jackson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and signing a false federal income tax return. According to federal charges filed on September 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 alleged 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 alleged 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.
Today, U.S. District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick sentenced Jackson to a term of 48 months in prison, followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release for committing wire fraud. Judge Wyrick also sentenced Jackson to a term of 24 months in prison and a term of 12 months of supervised release for signing a false tax return, with the terms of imprisonment and supervised release to be served concurrently.
Jackson was also ordered to pay a total restitution of $1,477,872.10, including $223,808.00 to the IRS, $1,229,064.10 to the victim company, and $25,000 to an insurance company. Jackson was ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons on July 21, 2020, to begin serving her sentence.
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.
Reference is made to court filings for further information.