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The former office manager for a Red Lodge company this week denied federal allegations that she embezzled money from the company.

Sharon Lynn Dunlap, 37, pleaded not guilty Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby to wire fraud, credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Dunlap was the office manager and bookkeeper for Blackstone Operating Inc., which also does business as Quantum Energy, the indictment said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Archer alleges that from September 2006 until April 2008, Dunlap used her signing authority to write unauthorized checks on business accounts and deposited them into her husband's business account, A&A Construction Concrete. Then she transferred the money into her personal account.

If convicted, Dunlap faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the wire fraud count; a maximum of 10 years and a $250,000 fine on the credit card fraud; and a mandatory two years consecutive to any other sentence on the identify theft.

Ostby continued Dunlap's release without bond until trial. The case will be heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.

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