Kingston woman sentenced for charging over $200,000 on company credit card

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Kingston woman is sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of wire fraud and three counts of income tax evasion, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced on Monday.

Jessica Potter Stafford, 34, will also have to pay restitution of $119,310 as well as $111,794.35 to the IRS. She also had to pay a special assessment of $1,300 to the court.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Stafford admitted to racking up more than $200,000 in charges on her company American Express card while working as Director of Administration for several businesses, including Labo Management, LLC, and Diverse Concepts, between January 1, 2005 and August 31, 2008.

She also failed to report over $400,000 in income during that time.

“Individuals who are entrusted with credit cards of others, must know that the use of these credit cards for an illegal purpose is wire fraud. Of course, failure to pay federal income taxes is a criminal offense. The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law, “ said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

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  • by mary Location: knoxville on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:35 AM
    Well kari lynn harris age 29 of knoxville has filed a false income tax for years says she had a cleaning service put down for cleaning supplies and miles and never had a car,she filed her taxes at H&R Block and claimed her kids she has never had a woman in pa has been raising them,she also has 13 counts of id thieft in union county,don't even have to pay nothing to the courts and she write bad checks,also hud is paying her rent why and how do people get by with this whats good for one should be the same for her we have reported her but nothing has been done about it. IRS needs to check her taxes for the past 10 years bet you would be supprised what she owes she on probation for 6 years in union county check it out


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