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Md. Woman Goes to Prison in Embezzlement Scheme

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GREENBELT, Md.- A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Caroline County woman to a little more than three years in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal over $1.2 million from a consulting company, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced the sentence for 45-year-old Janice McCumbie, of Marydel, Md. 

According to her plea agreement, McCumbie worked for a global consulting business that served clients in various industries and had offices in Maryland and elsewhere. Clients paid large retainers to secure consulting services. The plea agreement states the consulting company would issue refund checks to the clients in certain circumstances, including when a client's retainer exceeded the amount of work that the consulting company actually performed or when the client made duplicate payments to the consulting company. McCumbie's duties included coordinating client refunds.

Prosecutors said that between June and December 2008, McCumbie caused the consulting company to issue six fraudulent refund checks totaling $121,081.22 to a co-conspirator in exchange for a share of the check proceeds.

According to the plea agreement, from February 2009 to October 2013, McCumbie caused the consulting company to issue 42 false refund checks totaling $910,490.74 to defendant Leonard Smedley in exchange for a share of the check proceeds. Prosecutors said that similarly, from October 2010 to November 2013, McCumbie caused the consulting company to issue 17 false refund checks totaling $217,695.57 to her niece, defendant Amber Gayleard, who cashed the checks and shared the proceeds with McCumbie. Smedley and Gayleard were not clients of the consulting company.

Leonard Smedley II, 35, of Capitol Heights, Md.; Amber Gayleard, 29, of Schuylkillhaven, Pa., and Brian Hooper, 43, of Woodbridge, Va., previously pleaded guilty to the conspiracy. Judge Hazel sentenced Hooper to 27 months in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $1,031,571.96; Gayleard to 21 months in prison and ordered her to pay restitution of $217,695.57; and Smedley to 18 months in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $910,490.74.

In addition to her 37-month prison term, McCumbie was also ordered to forfeit and pay restitution of $1,249,267.53.


 
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