Former Chickasaw Country Club Clerk Faces 20 Years



A 58-year-old woman faces up to 20 years in prison for defrauding Chickasaw Country Club of $736,000.

On Tuesday, Sue M. Winfrey, a former payroll clerk at Chickasaw Country Club, entered a guilty plea to charges of submitting fraudulent payroll data to Chickasaw’s payroll processor, Paychex.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Winfrey received approximately $736,000 as a result of submitting the fraudulent data between 2003 and August 2013. The money was deposited electronically into bank accounts she maintained at Bank of America. 

“This case underscores our unwavering commitment to bring to justice those who steal from others and brazenly line their pockets by committing white collar crimes,” said Edward Stanton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, in a statement. “When employees such as Sue Winfrey fraudulently divert funds from employers, the United States Attorney’s office will work with law enforcement partners to ensure those individuals are held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Winfrey was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2014. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 1st.

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