Former Memphis Woman Sentenced for Wire Fraud

A former Memphis woman is sentenced to 16 months in prison on wire fraud charges. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, 27-year-old Kala Childress worked for Bloomsdale Excavating Co. as an administrative clerk. She was responsible for overseeing the company’s credit card accounts. Beginning in July 2017 and continuing through December 2018, Childress began directing payments from the company’s Commerce Bank Visa credit cards to personal accounts. In total, she redirected over $246,000. In addition to her prison sentence, Childress is responsible for repayment of restitution to both her former employer, and the insurance company that covered most of the company’s loss. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.