Former Phoenix resident gets prison for stealing from Arizona, Georgia firms

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A woman accused of embezzling nearly $3 million from two different real estate companies in Arizona and Georgia has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Shana Raelisa Johnson of Atlanta received a 44-month prison term Monday and was ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution to victims.

She pleaded guilty to wire fraud in June.

Johnson was indicted in March on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

Between 2008 and 2016, Johnson allegedly embezzled $2.9 million from real estate companies that employed her in Phoenix and Atlanta.

She allegedly used company accounts to issue fraudulent checks and unauthorized electronic transfers and used the money to buy herself luxury cars, trips and expensive jewelry and clothes.

“Employee embezzlement is a growing problem that presents a significant threat to local businesses. The United States Attorney’s Office takes this kind of criminal conduct very seriously and will continue to aggressively prosecute financial frauds,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange.

“All businesses, whether large or small, can be the victims of deceitful employees,” stated IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Ismael Nevarez Jr. “This investigation underscores IRS-CI’s expertise in conducting complex financial investigations."

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