A Greer couple was sentenced in Asheville federal court last week for filing false tax returns, said Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina in a written statement.
U.S. District Court Judge Mary G. Lewis sentenced Julie Greene Tucker, 52, of Greer, to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, Tompkins said. Tucker's husband, James Dean Tucker, 54, also of Greer, was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and five years of probation.
The Tuckers were ordered to pay $191,049 restitution to the IRS. Mrs. Tucker was ordered to pay an additional $590,128 as restitution to her former employer, Trendset Inc., a freight audit business located in Greenville.
"For approximately 15 months the Tuckers used stolen money to fund a luxurious lifestyle way above their means," Tompkins said.
"The Tuckers funded their lavish lifestyle of luxury cars and expensive vacations with embezzled money," said David Thomas, special agent in charge of the FBI Columbia Division, who assisted in the investigation. "The FBI and our law enforcement partners remain committed to holding those accountable who abuse their positions for their own personal profit."
In November 2012, the Tuckers pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns. In addition, Julie Tucker pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
According to court documents, Julie Tucker was employed at Trendset from 1996 through July 2011. Her last position at Trendset was director of administration, which allowed her access to Trendset bank accounts, court records show.
The U.S. Attorney's office said from 2010 and continuing until her resignation in July 2011, Julie Tucker embezzled money from Trendset bank accounts.
James Tucker was employed with the Department of Homeland Security and stationed in Greenville from April 1986 through July 2012. Court records indicate James Tucker lied to co-workers when he was asked about the couple's lifestyle improvements and spending.
Julie Tucker was ordered to self-report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.