TYLER, Texas – A 47-year-old Whitehouse, Texas woman has
pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas,
announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Shelly Hunter pleaded
guilty to interstate transport of stolen funds before U.S. Magistrate Judge K.
Nicole Mitchell on July 16, 2018.
According to information presented
in court, from March 2005 until February 2017 Hunter was employed as the
Business Office Manager for Peltier Chevrolet, Inc., an automotive dealership
located in Tyler, Texas. Beginning March 2011, Hunter embezzled and stole funds
belonging to the dealership. She did so by way of nearly 250 unauthorized
transactions, including ACH payments and checks. Hunter then used the
stolen funds to pay her personal credit cards. In some instances, she
mailed checks to pay her accounts. She also directly wired funds from the
dealership’s bank account to her credit card accounts. Hunter used
various means to conceal the theft of funds from the dealership. These
efforts included forging the signature of Peltier’s manager, initiating
authorized payments, creating fraudulent entries in Peltier’s general ledger,
and generating false bank reconciliations.
Under federal statutes, Hunter faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.
The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for
information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based
on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A
sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence
investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated
by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is being
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas