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Smith County Woman Sentenced for Wire Fraud

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

TYLER, Texas – A 54-year-old Tyler, Texas, woman has been sentenced for wire fraud in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Tammy Ogden pleaded guilty on Dec. 15, 2015, to wire fraud and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on June 10, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Ogden was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $136,237.75.

                According to information presented in court, from July 2009 to November 2012, Ogden was employed by a professional cleaning and restoration company that performs water, fire, and storm damage restoration.  During this time, she devised and executed a scheme to defraud her employer by offering unauthorized discounts to customers, creating fraudulent invoices and receipts, obtaining payments, and embezzling the proceeds.

This case was investigated by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.

Updated June 11, 2015

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