Shelbyville business manager headed to jail to 41 months

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Chilton sentenced in federal court for embezzlement

By Lisa King

A manager of a lending business located in Shelbyville was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Tuesday for using her position to defraud her company of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Sandra Chilton, 46, of Turner’s Station previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

She admitted to U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves that she took approximately $648,525 from her employer, Pioneer Credit Company.

Judge Reeves ordered Chilton to repay Pioneer Credit all of the money she stole.

In the course of her guilty plea, Chilton, the manager of the Shelbyville office of Pioneer Credit, admitted that she applied for and approved fraudulent loan applications using information of past, existing and potential new customers.

Once she obtained the loan proceeds, she used the money for her own benefit.

Chilton acknowledged that she used some of the money to pay off gambling debts.

Pioneer Credit Company provides private, commercial and personal loans.

Kerry B. Harvey, and Paul R. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, jointly made the announcement late Tuesday.

 “This case highlights the threats that businesses and corporations face in today’s environment. Insider threats are real and policies and procedures must be implemented to help prevent this type of criminal activity,” Johnson said. “When this type of crime does occur, it will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.”

The investigation was conducted by United States Secret Service Special Agent John Spruill,  and the United States was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Frances E. Catron.