DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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KILGORE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR EMBEZZLING FROM HER EMPLOYER

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 46-year-old Kilgore, Texas woman has been arrested for embezzling over $600,000 from her employer in the Eastern District of Texas.

            DEBORAH OGDEN WILLIAMS appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love on Dec. 16, 2009, on charges of four counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud.

            According to the indictment, from 1994 to Feb. 2009, Williams was employed as an office manager for K.K. Mobbs Construction in Kilgore.  Beginning in 2000, Williams is alleged to have begun embezzling money from K.K. Mobbs in forms of checks or wires made payable to herself or her creditors.  An investigation revealed that many of Williams' creditors were paid directly from the company's bank accounts, while Williams manipulated the company's accounting software to show the checks or wires payable to a K.K. Mobbs creditor when the actual checks or wires were made payable to Williams or one of her creditors.  Williams is also alleged to have mailed unauthorized K.K. Mobbs Construction checks via the US Mail to pay for her defaulted student loan.  Each check had a forged signature from one of the owner's of the company.  Williams is also alleged to have opened an unauthorized Office Depot account in the name of her employer, to which she charged approximately $93,000.  To facilitate the scheme, Williams diverted the credit card statements from the company PO Box to her personal PO Box.

            If convicted, Williams faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of either guilt or innocence. 

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

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