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Former bookkeeper for Okla. electrical contractor faces prison time

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OKLAHOMA – A former bookkeeper for an Oklahoma electrical firm is facing 30 months in prison for allegedly embezzling from her employer.

According to officials, Tamara Housley was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for embezzling from her employer by committing wire fraud and for filing a false income tax return.

Housley worked as a bookkeeper for an electrical contracting firm in Chickasha, Okla.

As bookkeeper, Housley’s duties included preparing checks, documenting accounts payable and receivable, inputting new employees into the payroll system, authorizing automatic draft payroll deductions, paying company taxes, and collecting mail.

According to court records, Housley started using business credit cards to make unauthorized personal purchases and directed payments to her personal PayPal account, pay her personal utility bills, cable television and cell phone bills, and purchase concert tickets.

Starting in 2007, according to court records, Housley used her access to the company payroll account to fraudulently add her boyfriend to the weekly payroll as a “ghost employee.” Housley was also charged with filing a false tax returns.

Housley pled guilty to committing wire fraud and filing a false income tax return for 2010.

She was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $336,950 in restitution to her employer and the IRS.