BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County woman who embezzled almost $1 million from her employer and used some of that money to finance her daughter’s cupcake bakery has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for the embezzlement scheme and related tax felony charges, federal court authorities announced Tuesday.
Roseanna Coomes, 67, of Bluefield pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to executing a decade-long wire fraud scheme where she embezzled more than $969,000 from her employer, Cole Truck Parts, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart. She also pleaded guilty to a related tax offense.
As part of the plea, Coomes agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $969,316.68 to Cole Truck Parts and $64,330.10 to the Internal Revenue Service. The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and the Bluefield Police Department conducted the investigation.
“Unbelievable. Coomes embezzled almost $1 million from her employer,” Stuart said. “As a result of the great work of law enforcement, her employer will receive restitution and Coomes is going to prison.”
At her plea hearing, Coomes admitted that from about Jan. 1, 2007, through mid-2017, as the office manager at Cole Truck Parts, she defrauded her employer by writing checks to herself and to another person and disguising those checks by making false entries into the company’s accounts. She further agreed that she made false statements on her tax returns for numerous years by not reporting that income.
In previous Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports, Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department said in his criminal complaint that Coomes issued checks totaling more than $54,000 to her daughter, Jessica Coomes Johnson, during a one-and-a-half-year period. Jessica Johnson opened a bakery, which was called Cupcake Kisses, along Athens Road near Princeton in October 2016.
Former Assistant United States Attorney Meredith Thomas and Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.
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