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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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FEBRUARY 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ST. JOSEPH WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO

$60,000 COMPUTER FRAUD


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a computer fraud scheme in which she embezzled nearly $60,000 from her employer.


             Jackie L. Black, 52, of St. Joseph, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to a federal information that charges her with computer fraud.


             By pleading guilty today, Black admitted that she used unauthorized access to a computer in order to steal nearly $60,000 from her employer, Swift Transportation Co., Inc., from Jan. 20, 2003, to June 4, 2005. Swift Transportation, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is in the business of hauling retail and commercial goods, operating over 18,000 commercial trucks and 52,000 trailers. Black was employed in Swift’s office in Edwardsville, Kan., where she oversaw payroll-related issues for employees assigned to Swift’s terminals in the Midwest.


             Black used her computer access to alter checks and payroll data in order to generate fraudulent checks, which she then cashed at area gas stations and truck stops. Those checks, which were originally issued to pay for the miscellaneous, on-the-road expenses of drivers such as food, lodging and gas, were supposed to have been cancelled by Black. Instead, she obtained the confidential express codes (similar to personal identification numbers) needed to cash the checks, and then altered information no the company’s computer system to conceal her actions.


             Black admitted that she fraudulently cashed 482 checks totaling $59,798.


             For example, Black admitted that she cashed a $200 fraudulent check on June 4, 2005, at Love’s Travel Stop in St. Joseph. On the same day, Black cashed three other checks for $200, $100 and $100, issued under different names, at other businesses.


            Under federal statutes, Black could be subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.


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