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