A press release from United States attorney Stephen Wiggington confirms that Madison, IL woman Amy Shelby has been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to her use of commercial credit cards while she was the manager of Oakmont Mini-Storage. The indictment took place in July 2012 after the storage company’s owner, James Green Management, filed a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Shelby pled guilty to the federal offense of wire fraud and later in October pled guilty to mail fraud charges.
Court documents state that the owner was contacted by Pitney Bowes Visa credit card company about delinquent payments to a credit account they were unaware existed. An audit showed Shelby, the manager of the company, applied for a Pitney Bowes commercial credit card in her name during 2006 and used it to make fraudulent charges. These personal purchases included: perfume, satellite television, payments for personal bills, and a monthly credit report service. The audit showed that Shelby was paying the credit card bill and other personal bills with company money. It is also believed that she kept cash deposits and payments made by customers for their storage units.
Shelby, who is also the wife of the local Police Chief, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $112,383.52 in restitution. Her husband has refused to speak publicly about the case, calling it a “private issue”.
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