A Davidson County woman was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and payment of $519,000 in restitution for wire fraud and bank fraud.
Canisha Alred, 29, was one of five people in the conspiracy who defrauded Walmart stores across multiple states out of approximately $692,000 from December 2008 to early 2012. The other four have already been sentenced.
According to the indictment, a conspirator would cash a personal check to a Walmart cashier with a Post-It note signed “Customer Service Manager” with directions to accept the check as a cash transaction. According to the indictment, this would “circumvent the electronic wire verification procedure the check would normally go through.” The conspirators would then have the money (almost always $900) placed on gift cards from Walmart, which the coconspirators used at several Walmart locations.
Alred was arrested January 2012 in Nashville.
“I am truly sorry to the victims,” she said in court Thursday. “I wish I could take this back; however, I do take responsibility and I know I need to be punished … I’m so ashamed … I want to be able to show and teach [my kids] that no matter how my life turned out, they can have a better one … the path I chose is not the path for them.”
Judge Aleta A. Trauger said after the sentencing, “The court views this as a very serious crime,“ but cited Alred’s “extraordinary corporation [with the government],” in holding the sentence below the government’s request for 33 month in prison.
Trauger also recommended for the defendant to receive mental health treatment while incarcerated.
Alred is the mother of three kids, two of which were fathered by one of the conspirators.
Amanda Gambill is with the Seigenthaler News Service — MTSU. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.