Two Charlotte Men Charged With Orchestrating High-End Auto Thefts From South Carolina Businesses Appear In Court
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jolynn Denise McHone, 44, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler today and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, for embezzling from her employer more than $2.4 million worth of computer equipment, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western district of North Carolina.
Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong, of the FBI Charlotte Field Office, joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.
According to the filed criminal bill of information and plea documents, from 2006 to 2017, McHone was employed by a Florida-based company as an information technology (IT) procurement manager. In that capacity, McHone was responsible for negotiating IT equipment purchases and lease agreements with the company’s IT vendors, managing IT equipment and purchases for the company and its subsidiaries throughout the United States, including North Carolina, and managing the company’s IT operating budget. McHone admitted in court today that from 2012 to 2017, she engaged in a scheme to defraud her employer by ordering new IT equipment using company funds, and then selling the IT equipment for her own financial gain.
According to court documents, McHone executed the scheme by placing orders for IT equipment to be delivered to a company subsidiary located in Concord, North Carolina, for supposedly legitimate company business. McHone intercepted the deliveries of the equipment, then met a co-conspirator in Charlotte, North Carolina, to whom she sold the equipment for cash, often for as little as 60 percent of the retail value of the equipment. During the relevant time period, McHone admitted that she engaged in dozens of fraudulent IT equipment purchase or lease transactions. Through this scheme, McHone obtained hundreds of fraudulently-acquired pieces of equipment, and caused losses of more than $2.4 million to the company.
McHone pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud scheme, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. McHone has been released on bond. A sentencing date has not been set.
The FBI is in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dallas Kaplan, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, is prosecuting the case.