Oklahoma office manager sentenced to fine, prison for forgery

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A former officer manager was sentenced to more than two years in prison for check forgery and signing a false tax return.

Authorities say between 2009 and 2013, Erin Wells was the office manager of Advanced Electric.

She was responsible for paying the company’s bills, depositing checks into the company bank account and maintaining the company’s records.

On May 12, Wells pleaded guilty to forging the signature of the company’s owner on a $1,500 check and used the proceeds for herself.

In the plea agreement, she agreed to pay $256,857.76 in restitution to the company.

Wells also pleaded guilty to signing a fake federal tax return, saying she knew it was false because it listed that she only made $26,386 in total income, which is substantially less than what she actually made.

Officials say Wells embezzled more than a quarter of a million dollars over several years and the sentence was also based on a total loss to the IRS of $51,145 during three tax years.

She was sentenced to 27 months in prison for the crimes.

After that, she was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and perform 104 hours of community service.

She is also required to pay $308,002.76 to Advanced Electric and the IRS.