Shana Raelisa Johnson, a former Phoenix accountant was sentenced to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution after pleading guilty to wire fraud.
From 2008 through 2014, Johnson worked as an accountant at a property management company based in Phoenix, Arizona. During that time, she stole more than $2.4 million from her employer by issuing fraudulent checks and making unauthorized electronic transfers from her employer’s bank accounts. After the Phoenix-based company discovered her theft, Johnson moved to Atlanta, Georgia and applied for a similar accountant position at another property management company.
Johnson gave a fictitious reference and other false information during the hiring process to prevent her new employer from contacting the Phoenix employer and discovering her fraud. Upon being hired in early 2015, Johnson proceeded to steal almost $500,000 from her new, Atlanta-based employer. Johnson concealed her embezzlement from both companies by falsifying bank statements and other financial records.