Woman sentenced for embezzling from trucking company

| Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A former employee of a Leominster, AL, trucking company has been sentenced to up to three years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution for stealing more than half a million dollars from the company.

Court officials said Joan Pierce, 41, of Fitchburg, AL, used her position with Carrier Nationwide Inc. – a clerk responsible for wiring money to truckers at truck stops – to pad her own bank accounts. Last month, she pleaded guilty to 12 counts of larceny over $250, 12 counts of making false entries in corporate books and one count of conspiracy.

According to The Associated Press, the scheme lasted from November 2001 to September 2004, during which time more than $650,000 was stolen from the company. Pierce allegedly issued 788 fraudulent checks, which her friends would then cash and return to Pierce, the Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise reported.

Investigators said in court that they believe Pierce was the “ringleader” of the of the scam.

“She was put in the position of trust by the small Leominster company,” said Assistant Attorney General Tina Skerritt. “She totally took advantage of that company.”

Five other co-defendants have already been sentenced in the case, and charges remain pending against seven other people, The Associated Press reported.

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