Memphis, TN - Jennifer Lynn McCage, age 39, of Cordova, Tennessee, was sentenced today to 27 months in federal prison and must pay more than $234,000 in restitution following her guilty plea to one count of mail fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1341, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.
The former Executive Assistant to William B. Dunavant, Jr. pled guilty on August 21, 2012, to defrauding Dunavant of approximately $234,052. In addition to the prison term and restitution, Chief United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla ordered McCage to serve 3 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
According to the information filed in court, from approximately 2006 until her termination in January of this year, McCage was employed at Dunavant Enterprises as the Executive Assistant to Dunavant, the company’s chairman. McCage handled Dunavant’s personal business and used Dunavant’s personal credit card and another credit card issued to McCage. McCage was to use the cards for the sole purpose of making purchases on Dunavant’s behalf. McCage was also responsible for reviewing and reconciling the monthly statements on the credit card accounts and coding expenses for accounting purposes. According to the information, McCage was responsible for preparing and signing checks drawn against Dunavant’s personal checking account to pay the balances on the credit card accounts.
Beginning in 2007 and continuing until her termination, McCage made numerous personal charges on the credit card accounts and then paid the balances with funds from Dunavant’s personal checking account. The information also states that McCage opened an American Express account in her name without Dunavant’s knowledge or consent, made personal charges to that account, and paid for those charges with funds from Dunavant’s personal checking account.
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