Friday, February 13, 2015

California Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $317K From Law Firm; Spends Money Shopping

From The Business Journal on 2/10/2015:

Madera County resident Shelley Corkins pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud in connection with her embezzlement from a Fresno law firm where she used to work.

Corkins admitted that while employed with the law firm, which was unidentified in federal court filings, she embezzled at least $317,000 from the firms books in her position as bookkeeper and accounting supervisor, according to a news release.

The federal government originally filed 44 counts of wire fraud relating to fradulent credit card purchases and money transfers, though Corkins accepted a plea deal on three counts.

Between 2008 and 2012, Corkins was accused of using the firm's credit cards for personal shopping excursions at stores including Toy "R" Us, Victoria's Secret and Nordstrom Rack.

Corkins is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii in Fresno on May 11. The maximum statutory penalty for each of the three counts of wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Read the original FBI announcement here from 2013 which claims Corkins stole some $580K

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