The former bookkeeper for a Chickasha electrical contractor is due in court next week after being indicted on 31 counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
Tamera Housley, 41, is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from Electrical Technologies Inc. over a five-year period, during which prosecutors said she had complete control over the company’s finances, according to the indictment returned last week in federal court in Oklahoma City.
Housley is accused of using her former employer’s credit card, checking account and payroll system to pay her own bills, including an $11,000 Caribbean vacation and a $4,000 down payment on a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt.
Housley also allegedly added her boyfriend to the company’s payroll as a “ghost employee,” omitting his name from time sheets submitted to her boss, according to the indictment.
Court date scheduled
She is charged with 25 counts of wire fraud, four counts of access device fraud and two counts of filing false tax returns. Prosecutors also are seeking forfeiture of any property derived from the fraud.
Housley, who now lives in Friendsville, Tenn., was arrested last week.
She appeared before a federal magistrate on Friday in Knoxville, but was released to return to Oklahoma.
She is scheduled to appear before a magistrate on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.