A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Pell City woman to prison for orchestrating a sophisticated financial fraud scheme involving over $200,000 in fraudulent transfers, according to U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.
U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced Julia Hollis Meyers to 30 months in prison for wire fraud and bank fraud related to her stealing money from her employer. Meyers pleaded guilty to one count wire fraud and one count bank fraud in August.
“Motivated by greed, Meyers violated the trust of her employer,” Town said. “Meyers chose a life of theft and fraud and will now spend time in the bed space reserved for her in federal prison.”
“Anyone who tries to take advantage of a trusted position by illegally profiting from it should see this sentencing as a warning that the FBI is determined to pursue justice for the companies who are victimized,” Sharp said.
According to court documents, Meyers was previously employed by Hibbett Sports, Inc., as a Senior Lease Administrator. Between 2014 and 2018, Meyers directed ACH payments from Hibbett Sports to her personal bank account. Meyers obtained checks for vendor lease payments from Hibbett Sports and deposited the checks into her personal bank account. According to the prosecutor, Meyers stole a total of $207,357.56 from her employer.
The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Beardsley Mark prosecuted.