Judge Sentences Sheridan Woman For Thefts From Charity, Clinic
A Sheridan woman will spend more than four years in prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a prepared statement from Wyoming U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal also sentenced Alecia Rae Bolton, 37, to pay approximately $86,000 in restitution to the two victims of the frauds committed between February 2014 and April 2015.
The U.S. Attorney's Office filed its first document -- Bolton's plea agreement -- in the case on Sept. 22. Many of the documents in the case were sealed. Details of the crimes were not made public until Tuesday's prepared statement.
The indictment charged Bolton with one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to court records. Bank fraud is punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment. Aggravated identity theft is punishable by two years imprisonment consecutive to any sentence for bank fraud.
Freudenthal sentenced her to 27 months imprisonment on the bank fraud count, and an additional 24 months imprisonment on the aggravated identity theft count to be followed by five years of supervised probation. The judge ordered her to obtain a substance abuse evaluation, participate in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and be monitored for prescription medications.
Bolton also must make restitution of $86,571.18, according to the minutes of the sentencing.
According to the prepared statement, Bolton was the volunteer treasurer of the Little Big Horn Chapter of Trout Unlimited. She wrote unauthorized checks totaling about $23,000 from the group's checking account to pay for personal expenses by forging the signatures of other Trout Unlimited officers.
Bolton also was an office employee and accounts receivable manager for Cedars Health Clinics. She stole patient payments made to the clinic by depositing checks and transferring electronic payments into accounts she controlled.
She also stole the clinic's money by writing unauthorized checks from its bank account. Bolton did that by forging the signature of another Cedars’ employee on the unauthorized checks.
The total of the thefts from Cedars Health Clinics was about $63,000.
The Sheridan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Heimann prosecuted the case.