Former lawyer sentenced to 6 months for stealing from UA sorority house

Former lawyer sentenced to 6 months for stealing from UA sorority house
Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A woman a University of Alabama sorority house trusted to handle their money will now spend the next six months in prison.

A judge sentenced 39-year-old Jennifer Meehan to six months in prison, an 18-month house confinement and a $50,000 fine. It's all for a $375,000
fraud scheme.

Federal authorities said she received payment for submitting false invoices for equipment and furnishings for the Gamma Phi Beta house in 2014 and 2015. Meehan pleaded guilty in July.

Meehan 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 Northern District U.S. District Attorney Joyce White Vance's office.

During the sentence hearing on Tuesday, three of Meehan's family members took the stand this afternoon as well as her therapist, all giving very emotional testimonies.

Family members fought back tears telling the judge how much Meehan adored Gamma Phi Beta and her intentions were to help them.

Her attorney argued Meehan was holding hundreds of thousands of dollars in a boot box, hoping to start a scholarship program for the sorority.

The federal prosecutor disagreed.

John Murdock, the president of Greek Resource Services, was brought in by the prosecution team to talk about the negative impact this case has made on his business.

During Murdock's time on the stand, the defense team revealed company email exchanges that exposed him using very degrading terms when referring to Meehan and members of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

The defense attorney compared the language to Donald Trump's "locker room talk."

John Murdock released the following statement after being confronted about the emails on the stand.

This was supposed to be a sentencing hearing, and I came to give a victim's impact statement. Clearly, her attorneys wanted to put others on trial to divert attention from Jennifer Meehan who pleaded guilty on these charges. Theft is theft and her actions, not my words, hurt a lot of people especially her sorority sisters. I hate that my email became a focus instead of the fraud she committed. It was a sneak attack designed to be embarrassing and hurtful to the company, but I am glad this is all over and the judge has made her decision.

After the judge sentenced Meehan we caught back up with Murdock for a comment.

"You know the judge hit on something that I think we all realized and that is she needs some professional help and I think that she'll get that, so that's
a good thing," said Murdock.

The Meehan family declined to comment after the sentencing.

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