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Former Chickasaw Country Club Payroll Clerk Sentenced To 18 Months In Federal Prison For Stealing $736,000

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – A Memphis woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding Chickasaw Country Club of approximately $736,000. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

Sue M. Winfrey, 58, of Memphis, TN was sentenced this morning by United States District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes. Winfrey pled guilty on January 7, 2015 to one count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud Chickasaw Country Club.

According to the indictment returned in October 2014, beginning in 2003, Winfrey, a former payroll clerk for Chickasaw County Country Club, would submit fraudulent payroll data to Chickasaw’s payroll processor, Paychex of New York. As a result of these falsified submissions, Winfrey received approximately $736,000, which was deposited electronically into Winfrey’s bank accounts at Bank of America.

In addition to the prison sentence, Winfrey was ordered to serve two years of supervised release and pay restitution to Chickasaw Country Club in the amount of $486,000 and to Traveler’s Indemnity Company in the amount of $250,000.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carroll L. Andre III.

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Updated April 1, 2015