A Phenix City woman was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison today for lying to the U.S. Secret Service in 2005 as agents were investigating a bank fraud scheme at a Columbus mortgage company.
Stephanie Horne was also ordered to pay more than $94,000 restitution for funds she diverted from customer accounts in 2004 when she worked for the GreenPoint Mortgage servicing center.
According to a plea agreement, Horne managed the accounts of customers who filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and fraudulently endorsed 14 checks to family and friends over the span of three months. She told a Secret Service agent she didn't recognize the name of her own stepfather, to whom she’d endorsed several of the fraudulent checks.
“In a deliberate attempt to deceive the agent and conceal her role in the scheme, the defendant responded that she was unsure if she recognized the name, a statement she knew to be untrue,” the plea agreement says.
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Horne had faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.