The U.S. Attorney's Office in Muskogee announced Thursday that Tammy Jean McDaniels, 56, of Gore pleaded guilty to wire fraud. The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Muskogee Police Department.
The information alleged that from about Oct. 1, 2012, to Dec. 19, 2014, McDaniels, the former director of Human Resources at Bacone College in Muskogee, devised 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, Bacone College sustained a loss of about $146,000.
U.S. Judge Kimberly E. West, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant's 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 range of punishment is up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 or both. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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