Charleston woman sentenced to federal prison for business fraud
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A woman from Charleston was sentenced Wednesday to nearly three years in federal prison for defrauding businesses of more than half a million dollars.
Acting U.S. Attorney Lisa G. Johnston released that information, saying Misty Brotherton-Tanner, 41, was sentenced to 33 months. Her charges include wire fraud and money laundering.
Investigators say Brotherton-Tanner must pay restitution of $537,173 for the missing funds. They say she served as a bookkeeper and accountant for several businesses in the Charleston area. From about 2014 to 2020, investigators say she “devised a scheme” to defraud those businesses.
According to investigators, Brotherton-Tanner used electronic transactions to move funds back and forth to appear legitimate – even indicating that taxes had been paid.
Investigators added that Brotherton-Tanner also stole money on behalf of her mother, who also pleaded guilty in connection with the case and was sentenced to probation.
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