Trident Seafoods Star of Kodiak

The Trident Seafoods Star of Kodiak processing plant is seen Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. A former plant employee has been charged in federal court with embezzling $500,000. (James Brooks photo)

A second woman has been sentenced to prison for her role in a scheme that embezzled almost $500,000 from Trident Seafoods.

On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Karen Leoffler announced in a press release that Anne Wilson, 31, of Kent, Wash. was sentenced to 16 months in prison for two counts of wire fraud by U.S. District Court judge Ralph Beistline. Wilson cashed 28 checks totaling $289,660.

Wilson was one of five people facing charges. Isairis Wolfe, Jamie Fathke and Jeremy Smith from Kodiak, and Valerie Olivares from Corpus Christi, Texas were also accused of being involved in the scheme.

Wolfe, who worked at Trident Seafoods in Kodiak as the bookkeeper for two years, was accused of writing 52 Trident Seafoods checks to Smith, Olivares, Fathke, Wilson and Wilson’s minor son.

Wilson and Wolfe met while working together at Trident in Kodiak, and continued to stay in contact after Wilson was fired.

Wilson asked Wolfe for a loan of a few hundred dollars, and instead of giving her money, Wolfe asked Wilson to join the embezzlement scheme.

The 28 checks Wilson cashed were made out to both her and her minor son. Wilson split the proceeds with Wolfe once she cashed the checks. Wilson also wired some of the money to Mexico to the father of children, who is a fugitive from a murder charge in Texas.

“Wilson said that she knew that what she was doing was wrong but that did not stop her participation in the scheme,” the release reads. “The scheme only stopped when Wolfe was fired from Trident Seafoods for performance related reasons and was no longer in a position to write the fraudulent checks.”

Wilson obtained her U.S. citizenship while the scheme was ongoing. She was the second of the five people to be sentenced in the case.

Wolfe will be sentenced on May 22, and Olivares and Smith will be sentenced on June 4.

Fathke was already sentenced in January to four months in prison for her role in embezzling $30,000 from Trident Seafoods.

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