BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a Pell City woman on multiple counts of wire fraud and bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp announced in a press release.
Julia Hollis Meyers, 53, is charged in a 17-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court with stealing money from her former employer. Meyers was previously employed by Hibbett Sports Inc. as a senior lease administrator.
While employed by Hibbett Sports, Meyers allegedly obtained checks for vendor lease payments from her employer and deposited the checks into her personal bank account. Additionally, Meyers allegedly engaged in a scheme to direct ACH payments from Hibbett Sports to her personal bank account.
The defendant’s alleged scheme resulted in Meyers stealing more than $200,000 from her employer, the release says.
“This is yet another example of an employee stealing from her employer,” Town said in the release. “This outright theft and misuse of funds will not be tolerated, and those who continue to operate these type schemes will be prosecuted in federal court.”
The maximum penalty for each count of wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for each count of bank fraud is 30 years and a $1 million fine.
The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Beardsley Mark is prosecuting.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.