Sheridan Woman Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

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Chief U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal sentenced 37-year-old Alecia Rae Bolton of Sheridan to 51 months in prison for Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft. Freudenthal also ordered Bolton to pay $86,000 in restitution to the victims of her fraud. The information comes from U.S. Attorney for Wyoming Christopher Crofts office at the Department of Justice.

The charges arose from Bolton’s theft of approximately $23,000 from the Sheridan chapter of Trout Unlimited, and approximately $63,000 from her former employer Cedars Health Clinic in Sheridan. According to the release, between February of 2014 and April of this year, Bolton, while volunteering as treasurer for the Little Big Horn Chapter of Trout Unlimited, wrote unauthorized checks from the group’s checking account to pay her personal expenses. In an attempt to conceal the fraud, Bolton forged the signatures of other Trout Unlimited officers on various checks.

While she was an office employee and accounts receivable manager for Cedars Health, Bolton stole money from the company by writing unauthorized checks from the clinic’s bank account. In doing so, she forged the signature of a fellow employee on the unauthorized checks.