U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma
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June 4, 2015

Gore Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, $146,000 Loss to Bacone College

MUSKOGEE, OK—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that TAMMY JEAN McDANIELS, age 56, of Gore, Oklahoma, pled guilty to an Information charging her with WIRE FRAUD, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Muskogee Police Department.

The Information alleged that from on or about October 1, 2012 to on or about December 19, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, McDANIELS, the former Director of Human Resources at Bacone College, devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud Bacone College, and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises. The scheme involved McDANIELS fraudulently reactivating former employees and contractors on the payroll records and causing false payments to be made to her bank accounts. As a result of McDANIELS’ actions, Bacone College sustained a loss of approximately $146,000.00.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon completion of that report. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00 or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

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