A Fresno woman was charged Thursday with a 44-count federal indictment that accuses her of embezzling more than $580,000 from a local law firm where she once worked as a bookkeeper.
The indictment in U.S. District Court says Shelley Corkins, who is also known as Shelley Kimbrell, 37, unlawfully used her company credit card to make personal purchases at various retail outlets, including clothing and toy stores.
She also electronically transferred funds from the law firm's bank accounts to her own, and embezzled from the law firm's petty cash drawer between January 2008 and May 2012.
In all, Corkins embezzled more than $580,000 of the law firm's money, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said in announcing the indictment. The law firm was not identified in the announcement.
The maximum statutory penalty for each of the 44 counts of wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, if convicted, will be determined by the trial judge, Wagner said.
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