HATTIESBURG WOMAN SENTENCED TO 72 MONTHS FOR WIRE FRAUD RELATED TO EMPLOYEE THEFT

Published 11:00 am Sunday, December 12, 2021

NEW   ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CHRISTY BARTHOLOMEW, age 39, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was sentenced on December 8, 2021 to 72 months of incarceration by U.S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk today after she pleaded guilty to a two-count Bill of Information for wire fraud.

According to court records, BARTHOLOMEW was employed as a financial controller for a business located in Slidell, Louisiana, and later worked as an office manager for a company located in Kenner, Louisiana. From 2016 to October of 2019, she embezzled approximately $357,000 from her Slidell employer by several schemes, including unauthorized use of a company credit card. She later did the same thing with her Kenner employer, embezzling approximately $300,000 from November 2019 to February 2020.

BARTHOLOMEW is scheduled to self-surrender in February 2022. After incarceration with the Bureau of Prisons, BARTHOLOMEW will be placed on three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay a $200 mandatory special assessment fee and full restitution to the victims.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, along with assistance from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera was in charge of the prosecution.