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Accounting Manager Sentenced to 5½ Years in Prison for Embezzlement Scheme

November , 2011

BIRMINGHAM – U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn today sentenced an accounting manager for a Shelby County company to five years and five months in prison on fraud and tax charges related to her embezzling $776,722 from her employer, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke.

Judge Blackburn sentenced TAMMY LEIGH ADAMS, 47, of Pelham, on one count each of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and attempting to evade taxes. Adams pleaded guilty to the charges in May. The judge ordered her to report to prison Jan. 30.

Adams worked for Southern Food Concepts between 2004 and 2008. According to court records, she presented checks from the company for deposit into her personal account at Regions Bank. She forged the company president’s signature on checks and also made unauthorized wire transfers from the company’s accounts into her personal account.

Adams also neglected to pay taxes on the money she embezzled, resulting in a tax loss to the government of $233,667, according to court records.

IRS Criminal Investigation and Pelham Police investigated the case.






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