A former Oklahoma City Community College bursar was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in a federal prison and ordered to repay nearly $400,000 she admitted embezzling from the school, officials said.
Brandi J. Henson, 49, of Yukon, pleaded guilty in August to federal wire fraud and agreed to pay restitution as part of her plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
U.S. District Judge David L. Russell also sentenced Henson to three years of supervised release and ordered her to repay more than $398,315. She must report to federal prison Feb. 18, officials said.
In plea papers filed in federal court in Oklahoma City, Henson admitted her guilt: “I am guilty and do not want to make this any more costly or painful for anyone than it already is,” she wrote.
Neither Henson nor her attorney could be reached for comment Wednesday.
Between 2004 and 2011, Henson used her access as a bursar to the college's financial accounts to steal the money. Prosecutors said in a statement that Henson paid off more than $398,000 in personal credit card bills with OCCC refunds she posted to her accounts.
After Henson pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, an OCCC spokesman said Henson manipulated account records so that tuition and book refunds issued to students also were issued to her personal credit card.
These refunds, of which there are hundreds each semester, are processed through an online PayPal account and issued via debit card, the spokesman said. The crime was a federal charge because the servers for processing the refunds are located outside of Oklahoma.
The school began investigating in July 2011 after several transactions were red-flagged by the credit card company through which student refunds are issued.
The school has since implemented new procedures to increase oversight, according to the spokesman.
Henson was hired by the school in 1990 and began working as a bursar in 2003. She resigned in September 2011.