JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals panel has upheld the eight-year sentence given a Mississippi woman for embezzlement by wire fraud from companies based in Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Kimberly Cray Burk also was ordered last year to pay $1.4 million restitution to Mid-South Maintenance Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, and two Oklahoma companies run by its president and majority stockholder.
Burk had argued the sentence was too harsh, exceeding the federal guidelines for such cases.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied her appeal Thursday.
The panel says the federal court in Oxford properly found Burk had prior convictions for similar conduct and had committed the new crime while on bond awaiting sentencing in an earlier fraud case.
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