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Gore Woman Sentenced To 21 Months, $146,000 Restitution For Wire Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that TAMMY JEAN McDANIELS, age 56, of Gore, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release for WIRE FRAUD, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.  McDANIELS was also ordered to pay $146,004.80 in restitution.

The defendant entered a guilty plea in June 2015 a criminal Information alleging that from on or about October 1, 2012 to on or about December 19, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, TAMMY JEAN McDANIELS, devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud Bacone College, and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The investigation revealed that the defendant, while employed as the Human Resources Director at Bacone College, fraudulently reactivated the employment status of former adjunct professors and had the fraudulent salary paid directly into her bank account.

The Honorable James H. Payne presided over the sentencing hearing.  The defendant was ordered to self-report to the United States Bureau of Prisons on February 15, 2016 to begin serving her non-paroleable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

Updated February 4, 2016

Financial Fraud