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Former member pleads guilty to fraud involving UA sorority house

Published: Jul. 13, 2016 at 3:44 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A South Carolina attorney has pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme involving a University of Alabama sorority house.

Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan, 39, could face a 20-month sentence for bank fraud after federal authorities say she received payment for submitting false invoices for equipment and furnishings for the Gamma Phi Beta house in 2014 and 2015.

She is a former member and was acting as the President of the House Corporation Board of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of the sorority at the time, according to a news release from Northern District U.S. District Attorney Joyce White Vance's office.

According to Meehan's plea agreement, she submitted fraudulent furniture invoices totaling $375,000 to Greek Resource Services in September and November 2014.

In return, the company gave Meehan two checks for $375,000 that she deposited into an account she opened under a fake business name at First Citizens Bank & Trust Company.

In January of 2015, Meehan wired $175,000 from the fake account into her personal account at Bank of America, the plea agreement said.

Meehan paid $234,648 to the government in April as a part of the agreement. She was also ordered to pay $32, 815 in restitution to Greek Resource Services.

The government agreed to drop seven additional fraud and money laundering charges brought against Meehan in the indictment.

It will also recommend the 20-month prison sentence for her.

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