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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thackerville Woman Sentenced To 60 Months Probation, $88,700 Restitution For False Bank Entry

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Tiffany Rhea Spears, age 30, of Thackerville, Oklahoma, was sentenced to five years of probation for False Entry In The Books of a Federally Insured Bank, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1005. The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General. Spears has been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $88,700.

The Indictment alleged that from on or about January 6, 2017, until on or about June 5, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant, with the intent to deceive an officer of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, knowingly made false entries in the books, reports, or statements of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma. The defendant created false transaction documents showing customers advancing monies on their loans and withdrawing cash from their accounts, when in truth and in fact, as the defendant well knew, the advances and withdrawals from customer accounts were by, and for the benefit of, the defendant.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “The defendant is being held accountable for her crimes because of an alert co-worker, a thorough and professional investigation, and the dedicated members of the U. S. Attorney’s Office. During her probationary term, the United States Probation Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will monitor her to ensure that she abides by the conditions of her probation.” 

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

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