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Sentencing hearing set for ex-office manager

law_webCLINTON — A federal judge has scheduled a Jan. 14 sentencing hearing for a Clinton woman who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and tax evasion.

Federal authorities say in a news release that 60-year-old Barbara Cummings pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Cummings in January, charging her with one count of bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and three counts of tax evasion. She pleaded guilty to two counts.

The tax evasion charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that from March 2007 through March 2009, Cummings was employed as the office manager at Mid-South Machinery in Jackson.

Prosecutors say she forged the signatures of the owners of Mid-South Machinery on numerous checks, making them payable to herself and her husband and cashing and depositing the funds into her personal bank account.

Cummings also altered the dollar amounts written on transaction tickets from a Mid-South account that were made payable to “Petty Cash” or she would fraudulently create a transaction ticket, making it payable to “Barbara Cummings,” and keep some or all of the money.

Authorities say that in 2008, she prepared her own income tax return and intentionally failed to report over $120,000 in income from the scheme.

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