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St. Landry Parish woman gets 57 months for theft

Misty Johnson, 40, stole more than $250,000 from an Opelousas medical imaging service from January 2009 to July 2014.

A St. Landry Parish woman was sentenced Feb. 13 to 57 months in prison for stealing from an Opelousas-based medical imaging business.

Misty Johnson, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count each of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of mail. She was also ordered to pay $258,128 in restitution, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley’s office.

Johnson worked as an office manager for an Opelousas medical imaging services business from January 2009 to July 2014, according to her July 12, 2016, guilty plea. She was responsible for day-to-day financial operations, including billing, payroll and managing accounts payable and receivable. Her responsibilities included access to the company’s financial information and mail.

She also had signatory authority on business accounts and was provided a company credit card for making purchases. “In order to further the scheme, she would write checks to herself or to cash, issue herself additional paychecks and make unauthorized purchases on the company credit card. She would then alter the company’s account records to look as though she was properly paying the company’s bills,” Finley’s office writes in the press release.