Greeneville, Tennessee – On March 21, 2017, Gayle Sicard Shapiro Green, 65, of Greeneville Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 16 months in federal prison for mail fraud and money laundering. Green was the former Greeneville City Schools Director of Finance and volunteer treasurer for both the Tennessee Basketry Association and the Greater Kingsport Kennel Club. Upon her release from prison, U.S. Probation will supervise Green for three years. Additionally, she was ordered to pay $116,309 in restitution to the victims of her crime.
Green pleaded guilty in September 2017 and admitted that while serving as volunteer treasurer for the Greater Kingsport Kennel Club and the Tennessee Basketry Association she stole and converted to her own use $116,309.00. The money was stolen over a 10-year period using various methods including fraudulently withdrawing and transferring funds and skimming cash from sponsored events.
She concealed her thefts by providing false financial statements, forged audits, and forged financial reviews. The stolen money should have gone to community service projects including scholarships at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and angel baskets, which are provided by the Tennessee Basketry Association, through the hospital, to families of deceased infants to transport the infant’s body from the hospital to a funeral home.
The press release is available at justice.gov.