Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mississippi Woman Sentenced For Embezzling $500+K From US DOA

Cynthia Cooley, believed to be in her late 40s, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has been sentenced to 89 months in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program and her undisclosed employer.  According to authorities, over the course of more than 2 years, from 2008 through September 2010, Cooley worked as an office manager for a furniture company that sells furniture and other supplies to government entities.  She reportedly embezzled her employer's owner's personal funds and fraudulently obtained a credit card in their name which she used for her own benefit.  Cooley pleaded guilty in October 2011 to on count of felony bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft and has also been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $507,710. 

Read the story here and here.

Read the DOJ announcement here.

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