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Feds Indict Bookkeeper
Monday, 09 February 2009

February 9--  Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that the federal grand jury sitting in Savannah has returned a five count indictment against Debra Mae Steele of Dublin, Georgia, charging her with wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

            Booth stated that the indictment charges the defendant with defrauding Plotmaster Systems, Ltd. and Tecomate Wildlife Systems, Ltd. of Wrightsville, Georgia, where she was employed as a bookkeeper, by making unauthorized charges for personal expenses on her employer’s credit card account and writing unauthorized checks to herself from her employer’s bank accounts.  The indictment alleges that it was also part of the defendant’s fraudulent scheme to conceal these unauthorized checks and charges which totaled over $73,000 by altering credit card statements and her employer’s computerized accounting system.

          Booth noted that if convicted the defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.

            Booth emphasized that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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