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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Former Chickasaw Country Club Clerk Admits To Stealing $736,000

Memphis, TN – Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today that Sue M. Winfrey, age 58, of Memphis, TN, entered a plea of guilty yesterday to defrauding Chickasaw Country Club of approximately $736,000.

Winfrey was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2014. According to the seven-count indictment, between 2003 and August 2013, Winfrey, a former payroll clerk at Chickasaw Country Club, submitted fraudulent payroll data to Chickasaw’s payroll processor, Paychex of New York. The indictment alleged that as a result of the submission of the fraudulent payroll data, Winfrey unlawfully received approximately $736,000, which was deposited electronically into bank accounts she maintained at Bank of America.

“This case underscores our unwavering commitment to bring to justice those who steal from others and brazenly line their pockets by committing white collar crimes,” said U.S. Stanton. “When employees such as Sue Winfrey fraudulently divert funds from employers, the United States Attorney’s Office will work with law enforcement partners to ensure those individuals are held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Winfrey faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is currently set for April 1, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. before United States District Judge John T. Fowlkes.

This investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service. This case is being prosecuted for the government by Assistant United States Attorney Carroll L. Andre III.

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