On Thursday, March 29, 2018, it was announced that Vanessa L. Pollard of Mustang, Oklahoma had been sentenced to 37 months in prison for wire fraud and signing a false federal income tax return in relation to a $1.3 million embezzlement. On August 8, 2017, the defendant was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of signing a false federal income tax return. Pollard worked for an insurance agency in Yukon, Oklahoma. She served as a bookkeeper from April 1999 until early August 2016.
As a part of her job, the defendant reviewed monthly bank statements, made entries in an internal accounting system and reconciled those records with a business checking account at Yukon National Bank. Pollard was accused of writing unauthorized checks and making unauthorized interstate wire transfers from the business account to pay her personal credit card accounts. Pollard was also accused of altering bank statements to hide these payments from the agency’s management.
Pollard pleaded guilty to transmitting $3,178 through interstate wires on August 30, 2017. She also pleaded guilty to signing a false tax return. Again, Pollard has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Additional details have been made available here.