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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 26, 2017

Former Controller Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Defrauding Fitness Company and Retail Store

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced the former controller for a Birmingham-based fitness center franchise and a subsequent retail store to 1½ years in prison for defrauding the companies out of more than $100,000, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge David W. Archey.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins sentenced REBECCA FRITH, also known as Rebecca Wilson, 44, on two counts of wire fraud. Frith pleaded guilty to the charges in March. As part of her sentence, she must pay $102,806 in restitution. Frith was living in Texas when she was indicted and arrested in December. She must report to prison Aug. 28.

For more than two years while Frith worked as controller at Iron Tribe Fitness between 2014 and 2016, she fraudulently charged personal expenses to the company’s corporate bank and credit card accounts. She established automatic drafts to pay personal monthly utility bills and used Iron Tribe credit cards to pay unauthorized personal expenses including furniture purchases, pet care, car payments, taxes, flights, hotels and vacations, according to court records.

Frith resigned from Iron Tribe in June 2016 and began work as controller at The Pants Store in July 2016. Within her first month at the retail store, she set up automatic drafts from the company’s business bank account to pay her $1,650 apartment rent.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Beardsley Mark prosecuted.

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Updated June 26, 2017