Ilaine T. Newby, 51, of Antioch, was charged Tuesday with embezzling over $206,000 from a Smyrna-based company, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Newby was charged in a criminal information with three counts of wire fraud related to her alleged embezzlement scheme, Cochran’s office said.
According to the charging document, from November 2014 through June 2018, Newby allegedly embezzled approximately $206,000 from the company, identified only as “C.A.,” Cochran said. Newby was the comptroller of the company for approximately seven years and in that position, she was responsible for the company’s financial affairs, including managing the monthly financial reports, the profit and loss statements, QuickBooks entries, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the company bank accounts and company credit card accounts.
Newby allegedly paid for personal expenses using company credit cards and made payments to her personal credit cards from the company’s bank account, Cochran said. She also allegedly used company funds for personal expenditures, such as purchasing a Jeep Liberty and paying tuition to the University of Arizona. Newby allegedly concealed the fraud by making false entries in the company’s general ledger and providing manipulated financial records to the business’s owner.
If convicted, Newby faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, Cochran said. This case was investigated by the FBI and the Smyrna Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Booth.
A criminal information is merely an accusation. Newby is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.