Columbus resident receives prison sentence for embezzling money -, GA News Weather & Sports

Columbus resident receives prison sentence for embezzling money from veterans

COLUMBUS, GA – A Columbus resident was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for bank fraud yesterday. Joy Farmer embezzled money from veterans' bank accounts while working as an administrative assistant for an attorney in Tuskegee, Alabama.

The attorney was appointed as a fiduciary for several people receiving veteran's benefits to oversee benefits paid to beneficiaries who couldn't handle their own funds. A fiduciary is the person who sets up bank accounts for each of the beneficiaries.

Farmer embezzled approximately $626,101.67 from 25 different beneficiaries by writing 327 checks to herself from their accounts.

U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. said, "This office is committed to protecting those who fought for and protected our country. We will continue to bring to justice those who attempt to take advantage of and victimize this nation's veterans."

Farmer is currently released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. She is ordered to report to prison on November 1, 2011.  

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