FORMER OFFICE MANAGER SENTENCED FOR BANK FRAUD
Gulfport, Miss. -- Deanna Mickle, 42, of Florence, Mississippi, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to serve 27 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen announced. U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee also ordered Mickle to pay restitution in the amount of $384,995.45 to her former employer, Barlow Eddy Jenkins.
Mickle was employed with the Jackson-based architectural firm Barlow Eddy Jenkins, P.A. as bookkeeper and office manager. Beginning in 2004, Mickle stole money from the firm by writing checks to herself and forging the signature of a former employee who was authorized to sign checks on behalf of the firm. To conceal the fraud, she moved money around in various Barlow Eddy Jenkins accounts at Trustmark National Bank. Over a seven year period, Mickle stole more than $387,000 from the firm.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.
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