Two Women Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 28, 2014|
OXFORD, MS—Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi; Daniel P. McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi; Phillip M. Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Keith Brown, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Field Division, announced that:
Denisha Nicole Pore aka Denisha House, 30, of Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Samantha Marie Evans, 30, also of Holly Springs, were sentenced on February 26 and 27, respectively, by United States District Judge Glen Davidson, following their pleas of guilty in April 2013 to one count of wire fraud each. Evans also plead guild to one count of using a communication facility (telephone) to facilitate the distribution of cocaine. The wire fraud charges stem from a scheme to steal money from various bank accounts through a series of fraudulent transactions.
Judge Davidson ordered Pore to serve 125 months in prison, followed by five years’ supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $104,384.76. Pore was taken into custody immediately following imposition of her sentence.
Judge Davidson ordered Evans to serve 21 months in prison on each count, to run concurrently, followed by three years’ supervised release on the wire fraud charge and one year supervised release on the drug charge, also to run concurrently. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $29,999.97. Evans is scheduled to report to prison on April 7.
A third defendant, Melinda Evans, is set to be sentenced at a later date.
“The sentences received from the courts send a clear message of deterrence to those individuals who would contemplate performing any criminal mischief in the Northern Judicial District of Mississippi,” said ATF New Orleans Field Division Special Agent in Charge Phil Durham. “The efforts of our agents and law enforcement partners in concert with the Holly Springs community deserve great credit for the results derived from this investigation.”
Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi, stated, “The significant sentence of Denisha Pore reflects the hard work and determined efforts of the FBI special agents and federal prosecutors who worked on this case, and the substantial investigative assistance provided by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration. These sentences further reflect the intolerance of the criminal justice system for those who engage in criminal schemes to enrich themselves at the expense of others.”
Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, said, “The sentences imposed reinforce the message that federal courts view the actions of the defendants as serious crimes that warrant significant punishment. The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to holding those who seek to profit from these fraudulent schemes accountable for their illegal activities.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Drug Enforcement Adminstration and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Mims.