Meridian woman pleads guilty to computer fraud

embezzlementJACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Meridian woman has pleaded guilty to using her work computer to embezzle nearly $798,000.

U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, says 51-year-old Teresa Wash entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, to one count of accessing a computer to defraud and obtain value.

Wash worked as a controller for Progressive Pipeline, Inc. and appropriated $797,287 of the company’s funds to her own use by requesting fraudulent wire transfers from company bank accounts to her own account.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 8. She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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