Georgia woman lands three years in federal prison for embezzling $500,000

The former office manager of Bec-Don Inc. was sentenced to serve three years and one month in federal prison for committing wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the Ringgold, Ga.-based company.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Judy Elaine Henry, 50, of Lafayette, Ga., was the manager of Bec-Don’s office and was authorized to sign checks on Bec-Don’s account. From approximately 2006 through 2014, Henry embezzled more than $500,000 in company funds by writing checks payable to herself from Bec-Don’s account, and by making false entries in Bec-Don’s checkbook and accounting records to make it appear that the checks had been issued to pay legitimate company expenses.

Henry deposited some of the fraudulent checks into her personal account and then used her debit card to spend the stolen money.

Henry was sentenced to three years, one month in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $565,005.05. Henry was convicted on these charges on April 23 after she pleaded guilty.

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