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Oklahoma business briefs, Jan. 5, 2013

Oklahoma business briefs, Jan. 5
Published: January 5, 2013

Restitution ordered in fraud

The former treasurer for an Oklahoma City garden supply wholesaler is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion. Oklahoma City resident Carolyn Dawson will be sentenced in a few months, according to federal prosecutors in Oklahoma City. Dawson was charged last month with using money belonging to her former employer, American Plant Products and Services Inc., to pay her personal credit card bills. She also was accused of failing to pay payroll taxes for the company's employees in 2010. She was fired in November 2011. Dawson pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday, agreeing to pay nearly $1.2 million in restitution. She also will pay at least $200,000 to the IRS.

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