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United States of America v. Susan Michelle Tyson
Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Case Number: 5:17-cr-00118-HE
Judge: Joe Heaton
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (Oklahoma County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Brandon Hale and William Farrior
Defendant's Attorney: Teresa K Brown and William P Earley - FPD
Description: Oklahoma City, OK - Yukon Woman Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Stealing Over $450,000 From Unionís Welfare Fund
Susan Michelle Tyson, 51, of Yukon, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for stealing $467,352.43 from the Oklahoma Operating Engineers Welfare Plan, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to charges filed on June 12, 2017, Tyson worked as a bookkeeper in Oklahoma City for Zenith American Solutions, Inc., a company that managed assets owned by the Oklahoma Operating Engineers Welfare Plan. This Plan provided health and welfare benefits to participants whose employers contributed money under collective bargaining agreements with Local Union 627 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Between July 2014 and January 2017, Tyson used her position to make 33 transfers, totaling $467,352.43, from the Planís bank account to her personal bank accounts. She also submitted duplicate invoices from Plan vendors SavRX and CVS CareMark to hide her fraud.
Tyson pleaded guilty to these charges on June 26, 2017.
Today Chief U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced Tyson to 36 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Tyson was also order to pay full restitution. At todayís hearing, the court noted that Tysonís fraud against the Plan was similar to a prior embezzlement case against her, which resulted in a 2000 conviction in Oklahoma City federal court. The court also considered the fact that Tyson stole from a third employer, which came to light during the 2000 investigation. Furthermore, the court noted that her dishonest behavior when interacting with the U.S. Probation Office in this case, which resulted in her incarceration pending sentencing, demonstrated her lack of respect for the law.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Oklahoma City Economic and Identity Crimes Task Force, which includes the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRSĖCriminal Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Edmond Police Department, the Moore Police Department, and the Norman Police Department.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 36 months' in prison.