Mandeville woman faces tax evasion, fraud charges

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 55-year-old Mandeville woman has been charged with wire fraud and tax evasion in a two-count bill of information for allegedly embezzling $1.37 million from her employer.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Melody Huie worked for a New Orleans-based transportation company as a general manager for accounting.

Letten said Friday that on Aug. 16, 2011, Huie initiated an unauthorized wire transfer to Tampa, Fla., for $18,611, which she fraudulently described as an "investment transfer" from the company's bank account to a personal account under Huie's control.

She's also accused of receiving taxable income of about $821,914 between 2006 and 2010 and owed $257,903 in income taxes but attempted to evade the taxes.

She faces up to 25 years on both counts if convicted.

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