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JANUARY 10, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COMPANY ACCOUNTING CLERK SENTENCED FOR STEALING FROM EMPLOYER
BALTIMORE, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Donna Renee Mackall, age 42, of Charleston, South Carolina to one year and one day in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release in connection with her guilty plea on October 18, 2005 to conspiracy to transport stolen securities. Judge Nickerson also ordered that Mackall pay restitution in the amount of $442,000.
According to the agreed statement of facts presented to the court, from July 2001 through January 2004, Mackall was employed by Piney Branch Motors d/b/a Allied Trailer Sales & Rentals in Savage, Maryland as an accounts receivable clerk. Her duties included receiving and processing checks from customers. She had access to the company’s computerized ledger where she was supposed to credit payments to outstanding invoices. On a number of occasions, Mackall posted false information in the ledger to cover up the fact that she did not deposit certain checks into the company bank account. Rather, she forwarded checks to her brother and co-defendant, Jeffrey L. Divens, who opened a business account in Texas under the name of Allied T&S Rentals, a name similar to Mackall’s employer’s name which was the payee on the checks. After depositing the checks into the business account, Divens transferred some of the proceeds to his personal checking account, and sent a large portion of the proceeds back to Mackall. The amount of the checks stolen by Mackall during the course of the conspiracy and transferred to Divens totaled approximately $381,585.
Jeffrey L. Divens, age 36, of Dallas, Texas pled guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen securities on December 8, 2005 and will be sentenced on March 10, 2006.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning, who prosecuted the case.