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Former Assistant at Dunavant Enterprises Sentenced

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jennifer Lynn McCage, 39, of Cordova, was sentenced to 27-months in federal prison, Tuesday. McCage must also pay more than $234,000 in restitution following her guilty plea to one count of mail fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1341.

The former Executive Assistant to William B. Dunavant, Jr. pled guilty on August 21, 2012, to defrauding Dunavant of approximately $234,052. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

According to the information filed in court, from approximately 2006 until her termination in January of this year, McCage was employed at Dunavant Enterprises as the Executive Assistant to Dunavant and handled his personal business.

Beginning in 2007 and continuing until her termination, McCage made numerous personal charges on Dunavant's credit card and to a card issued to her for business purposes. She then paid the balances with funds from Dunavant’s personal checking account. The information also states that McCage opened an American Express account in her name without Dunavant’s knowledge or consent, made personal charges to that account, and paid for those charges with funds from Dunavant’s personal checking account.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and was being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carroll Andre III.