May 21, 2018-According to United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, a Hobart woman was convicted of stealing over $800,000 from her employer after a 5 day jury trial. ” Lucy Owens, age 41, of Hobart, Indiana was convicted late Friday night, on 7 counts of wire fraud, after a 5-day jury trial before District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.” The statement continues, “According to records in the case, between 2010 and 2015, Owens diverted over $800,000 from her employer, a Hammond-based freight services company, through two schemes to defraud.” US Attorney Kirsch said one of the schemes involved co-defendant Kirk Stroh, who pled guilty to a single count of wire fraud in January. In the Owens-Stroh scheme to defraud, “Owens helped Stroh obtain over $290,000 in fraudulent cash advances at a truck stop in Lake Station, Indiana, in increments of $800 per day” according to the statement. Prosecutors say that Owens and Stroh then split the proceeds of the fraudulent cash advances. In another scheme, “Owens used her position as the company’s accounts payable clerk to fraudulently pay over $460,000 in personal credit card bills from the company’s bank account.”
Owens sentencing date is scheduled for October 3, 2018. Stroh is scheduled to be sentenced on September 6, 2018.
The Hammond Police Department assisted federal officials in investigating this case.