70 Year Old Granite City Woman Sentenced to 28 Months Imprisonment for Embezzling over $900,000 Dollars from her Long-Time Employer
On January 3, 2012, Flora Buckingham, 70, of Granite City, Ill., received a sentence of 28 months imprisonment from the federal court in East St. Louis following her conviction for a mail fraud scheme which successfully enabled her to siphon over $900,000 from her employer over a period of six years, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Buckingham was also ordered to pay restitution to her victim, Ahmad and Rana Pediatrics, in the amount of $921,041.74. Following release from imprisonment, Buckingham will serve a three year term of supervised release. Buckingham pled guilty to the offense on September 21, 2011.
“I am gratified that the sentencing judge rejected Buckingham’s request for a year and a day of incarceration. The sentence imposed sends a message that thievery by anyone, at any age, is unacceptable. This case involved a breathtaking breach of trust which deserved a substantial term of imprisonment.” United States Attorney Wigginton noted.
A factual stipulation filed at the time of the guilty plea revealed that Buckingham was the office manager at Ahmad and Rana Pediatrics, Ltd., in Granite City, Illinois. From May, 2004, to November, 2010, Buckingham embezzled from the office by writing third party checks to pay her credit card while disguising these payments as legitimate expenses in the office’s ledgers.
The investigation of this case was handled by the United States Secret Service and the Granite City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.