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December 21, 2015

Former Bookkeeper Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Embezzlement and Signing a False Tax Return

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—BONNIE CHARLENE DORAN, of Newalla, Oklahoma, was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for embezzlement and signing a false federal income tax return, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

From April 2012 until January 2015, Doran was employed as the bookkeeper for Cox Systems Technology, located in Oklahoma City. On August 26, 2015, she pled guilty to using interstate wire communications to defraud Cox Systems Technology. In particular, she directed BancFirst to wire extra payroll transfers to her personal account at Arvest Bank. She also made adjusting entries in company records to hide the extra payments. In a plea agreement, she agreed to pay restitution to the company in the amount of $120,197.04. At the August 2015 plea hearing, Doran also pled guilty to signing a false tax return. She admitted that in April 2014, she signed a personal federal tax return for the 2013 calendar year that she knew was false because it reported only $34,294 in total income, substantially less than the income she actually received.

At today’s sentencing, U.S. District Judge David L. Russell ordered that Doran be incarcerated for a year and a day. In addition to agreed restitution of $120,197.04 to Cox Systems Technology, the court ordered her to pay $26,115 in restitution to the IRS for the years 2012 through 2014. After completing her prison sentence, Doran will serve three years of supervised release.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Williams.

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