A former payroll supervisor for a company that manufactures pipes and tubes in Newport was sentenced to 33 months in prison Tuesday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company.
U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced Linda J. Lawson, 49, for wire fraud. Lawson, payroll supervisor at IPSCO Tubulars Kentucky, Inc., was ordered to repay $651,621.58.
As payroll supervisor, Lawson had access to the company's payroll system and payroll bank account. She entered hours worked, pay rates, gross wages and employee direct deposit information.
Lawson admitted that from January 2007 until November 2009, she entered payroll for former employees and current employees who were not scheduled to be paid that week, then changed the direct deposit information to funnel the improper payments into her own bank account.