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Woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $600,000 from Tulsa business

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $600,000 from Tulsa business (KTUL)

A 44-year-old woman pleaded guilty in Tulsa Thursday to stealing more than $600,000 from a former employer.

Kristiana P. Collins, 44, was accused of stealing money from a company in west Tulsa between 2008 and 2014. She was charged with wire fraud and signing a false tax return.

Prosecutors said Collins was responsible for paying the credit card accounts and handling bookkeeping operations at the company as part of her job.

Instead, she secretly used two company credit cards for herself under the company’s account. Collins allegedly made purchases on both cards and later used company money to pay off the charges.

Her plea agreement focused on a particular wire transfer from 2013, which totaled $4, 971.24.

She further admitted that she signed her 2013 tax return and knowing omitted funds she illegally obtained from the company.

“Kristiana Collins fraudulently took thousands of dollars from her employer. Embezzlement schemes like this cause serious financial consequences to local businesses,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “And the damage often isn’t limited to financial injury. When a trusted employee steals from company coffers, it collaterally impacts the firm's culture, morale and trust. My office strives to protect the integrity of the workplace by ensuring there is an accounting for criminals who embezzle from businesses in northeastern Oklahoma.”

Collins faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and three years supervised release for wire fraud, in addition to three years in prison and one year supervised release for knowingly signing a false tax return.

She will be sentenced on Jan. 7, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.

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