OKLAHOMA CITY – ANNIKA MARTIN, a.k.a. ANNIKA SCOTT, 35, of Moore, Oklahoma, was sentenced to a 18 months in prison yesterday for embezzling more than $175,000.00 from an Oklahoma City business that specialized in cooling tower and industrial plant repairs.
According an Information filed on July 9, 2019, the business hired Martin back in 2010 as an office accounting assistant. Martin was later promoted, and worked as head office accountant at the business from 2012 until she was fired in August 2016. During her tenure as head accountant, Martin prepared an unauthorized check to be drawn on a business checking account to purchase three money orders, which she used for lifestyle expenses, including a car loan payment. Additional filings in the case detail how, in addition to stealing business checks, Martin gave herself unauthorized pay raises, paid herself overtime salary and vacation that she did not work or earn, reimbursed herself for work expenses that she did not incur, and used a company credit card for personal purchases.
On August 13, 2019, Martin pleaded guilty to the Information. At a hearing yesterday morning, U.S. District Judge Patrick Wyrick sentenced Martin to 18 months’ imprisonment. Martin must also pay restitution in the amount of $175,294.63 to the business.
These charges are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma City Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia E. Barry.