Ex-bookkeeper charged with fraud, filing false tax returns

Tamera Housley is faces 31 counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. She is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from Electrical Technologies Inc., in Chickasha, for whom she worked as a bookkeeper between 2006 and 2011.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: February 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014

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.

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by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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