Leader of Scheme to Embezzle from Trident Seafoods Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 24, 2013|
ANCHORAGE—U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Kodiak woman was sentenced for her role in embezzling $493,060 from Trident Seafoods.
Isairis Wolfe, 33, of Kodiak, Alaska, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline to 46 months in prison and to pay full restitution.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward, who prosecuted the case, from January 2008 and continuing until August 2010, Wolfe used her position as the bookkeeper for Trident Seafoods in Kodiak to write Trident checks to four of her personal associates Anne Wilson, Jeremy Smith, Valerie Olivares, and Jamie Fathke. Wolfe, using her check writing authority at Trident, drafted approximately 52 checks on a Trident Seafoods account for approximately $500,000 and made them payable to her personal associates Wilson, Smith, Olivares, and Fathke, as well as to Wilson’s minor son L.E. The checks were negotiated by Wolfe and her associates, and they shared the proceeds. Wolfe concealed the fraud by creating fraudulent accounting records so that the payments appeared to be legitimate.
Wolfe indicated at sentencing that her methamphetamine habit clouded her judgment and contributed to her poor choices in undertaking the scheme.
Information presented at sentencing indicated that Wolfe spent the money she embezzled on diamond jewelry, a new truck, and an addition to her house, among other things.
Judge Beistline noted that Wolfe’s scheme was motivated by greed, showed a lack of concern for her co-defendants, and abused the trust of her employer.
Deirdre Fike, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Alaska stated, “Ms. Wolfe’s fraudulent activities significantly impacted Trident Seafood’s operations. I would like to thank the Kodiak Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.”
Ms. Loeffler commends the FBI for the investigation of this case.