Bookkeeper Sentenced To 18 Months In Federal Prison For Theft Of $541,500 From Local Hunting And Fishing Club
Memphis, Tenn. – Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today that Hazel Cathy Wadley, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr. to serve 18 months in federal prison in connection with a wire fraud scheme to defraud Menasha Hunting and Fishing Club of approximately $541,500. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
Wadley pled guilty in November, 2014, to a one-count criminal information charging her with wire fraud. According to the criminal information, Wadley was employed at Jim Keras Nissan and also performed bookkeeping duties for the Menasha Hunting and Fishing Club. At her guilty plea hearing Wadley admitted that between October 2007 and August 2013, she stole funds from Menasha by using funds in Menasha’s bank account at Suntrust Bank to make online payments of her personal debts and expenses.
In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Fowlkes ordered Wadley to serve three years of supervised release and to pay restitution in the amount of $301,000 to Menasha Hunting and Fishing Club and $237,000 to Zurich Insurance Group (Menasha’s insurance company), for a total of $538,000.
This investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carroll L. Andre III represented the government.