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(Tulsa World (OK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 28--Man admits defrauding bank, his employer
A man has admitted in a guilty plea that he stole more than $1.5 million over nearly four years by forging more than 500 checks drawn on an account of his then-employer.
In addition to the bank fraud charge, James Lamar "Marty" Gresham also pleaded guilty to a tax-evasion charge, confessing that he concealed his receipt of the embezzled funds and created fraudulent entries in the records of Frontier International Trucks in Tulsa.
Gresham, 52, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa on July 30.
His job as controller at the company at the time allowed him access to the company's financial records and bank accounts, prosecutors said.
He admitted in a plea agreement filed Thursday that he forged more than 548 checks, obtaining at least $1,583,157.15, from July 30, 2007, until May 2011.
The tax charge alleges that Gresham committed "various affirmative acts of evasion" to avoid paying what he owed on his 2010 federal income taxes.
Gresham said in his plea agreement that the total loss connected to his tax evasion is $511,627.
U.S. District Judge James Payne is scheduled to sentence Gresham, who is free on bond, on Jan. 29.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Gallant estimated that Gresham could face 46 to 57 months in prison.
Tulsa man pleads guilty to child-porn charge
A Tulsa man has pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge, admitting that he knowingly possessed the illegal material on a desktop computer.
Jovan D. Bennett, 23, was indicted June 3 by a Tulsa federal grand jury. The charge to which he pleaded guilty alleged that, on March 10, 2009, he possessed computerized images of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity.
Bennett's online activity was detected by FBI Innocent Images Task Force members, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Cyran.
A search warrant was subsequently served at Bennett's residence, which resulted in the seizure and examination of the computer, Cyran has said.
Bennett admitted in a plea agreement filed Thursday that he knowingly downloaded the illegal images through the Internet and at least one file-sharing program.
U.S. District Judge James Payne will sentence Bennett, who is free on bond, on Jan. 29.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Gallant estimated that Bennett faces 57 to 71 months in prison.
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