On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, it was announced that a 35-year-old woman from Atlanta, Georgia had been sentenced to prison for wire fraud. Shana Raelisa Johnson was sentenced to 44 months and she has been ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution. Between 2008 and 2014, Johnson worked as an accountant for a property management company based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
During her time with the company, Johnson stole more than $2.4 million by issuing fraudulent checks and making unauthorized electronic transfers. After the employer became aware of the defendant’s actions, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and applied for a similar position with another property management company.
When attempting to get the job, Johnson gave a fictitious reference and provided other false information to ensure the new employer would not be able to contact her former employer in Phoenix. Johnson was hired by the company in early 2015. She subsequently took more than $500,000 from her new employer. To hide her embezzlement from both companies, Johnson falsified bank statements and other financial records.
Again, Johnson has been sentenced to 44 months in prison. She has also been ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution.