Yukon woman owes company more than $250,000; faces up to 10 years of prison time

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YUKON, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman is facing up to 10 years in prison for allegedly signing a false income tax return.

Erin Marie Wells, of Yukon, pled guilty for check forgery and signing a false federal income tax return.

From 2009 until mid- 2013, Wells was employed as the office manager of Advanced Electric, located in Oklahoma City.

She was responsible for paying the company’s bills, depositing checks into the company bank account, and maintaining the company’s books and records.  Today she pled guilty to forging the signature of the company’s owner on a $1,500 check and using the proceeds for her personal benefit.  In a plea agreement, she has agreed to pay restitution to the company in the amount of $256,857.76.

In addition to pleading guilty to forgery, Wells has pled guilty to signing a false tax return.  She admitted that on January 11, 2013, she signed a personal federal tax return for the 2012 calendar year that she knew was false because it reported only $28,386 in total income, substantially less than the income she actually received.

As a result of her conviction for forgery, Wells faces up to 10 years in prison, threes years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and mandatory restitution.

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