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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Oklahoma City Woman to Serve 82 Months in Prison for Embezzling from Her Employer While Under Charges for Earlier Embezzlement

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Susie Jane Patton, 49, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced earlier this week by United States District Judge Robin Cauthron to serve 82 months in federal prison for using a wire fraud scheme to embezzle from her employer while under charges for a separate embezzlement.  This sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to a 22-month sentence she received in the prior case.


In the earlier case, Patton was charged on June 19, 2015, with wire fraud for embezzling from a prior employer, Silverado Reconditioning.   She pled guilty on July 7, 2015, and was sentenced on January 22, 2016, to serve 22 months in federal prison and to pay $66,125.41 in restitution. 


Before and during her earlier embezzlement prosecution, Patton was employed by D&D Design and Manufacturing of Oklahoma City as their office manager.  While the earlier case was pending and she was on pretrial release, an FBI investigation determined that Patton had embezzled more than $100,000 from her new employer, D&D Design, from September 2014 until February 2016.  Patton was indicted by a federal grand jury for 15 counts of wire fraud on June 22, 2016, for embezzling from D&D Design.  She pled guilty on August 16, 2016, to one count of wire fraud and one count of wire fraud while on conditions of release.    


At the sentencing hearing earlier this week, Judge Cauthron imposed a total sentence of 82 months in prison (57 months and 25 months respectively on two separate counts to which she pled guilty, to run consecutively).  This 82-month sentence was ordered to run consecutive to Patton’s earlier 22-month sentence in the prior case.  In determining the sentence in the second case, Judge Cauthron varied above the United States Sentencing Guideline range of 46 - 57 months because of the nature and circumstances involved in the case, the need to deter Patton in her ongoing criminal conduct, and the need to protect the public.  Finally, Patton was ordered to pay $107,452.08 in restitution to D&D Design.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerry Kelly.  

Updated December 1, 2016