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Alexandria car dealership office manager sentenced

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) – A car dealership's office manager has been sentenced in a case where she was found guilty for bank fraud.

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Dianne Handy, 43, of Alexandria, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to four months in prison with five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $101,017 in restitution for defrauding Leglue Nissan.

Handy was the office manager for Leglue. The judge also ordered Handy to perform 100 hours of community service and not to gamble or game.

Handy was sentenced for one count of bank fraud involving credit card transactions she processed through Peoples State Bank.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Handy fraudulently caused Leglue Nissan in Alexandria to issue unauthorized refunds to her own credit cards more than 72 times between July 2009 and July 2011 for a total of $57,894.

As office manager, Handy was responsible for handling the dealership's daily cash deposits, processing credit card transactions and making salary payments. The court ordered restitution included the amount for the federal charges as well as an additional amount for other losses associated with additional criminal conduct related to Count 1, all while she was employed at Leglue Nissan. Handy pleaded guilty Jan. 30, 2013.

The U.S. Secret Service, Baton Rouge Office, conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker prosecuted the case.

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