Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan, a 40-year-old attorney, is heading to jail for six months after she was found guilty of defrauding her University of Alabama sorority Gamma Phi Beta out of $500,000.
According to AL.com, the former sorority member was volunteering as the president of the House Corporation Board of one chapter of the sorority when sticky fingers got the best of her. Between September 2013 and March 2015, it was her job to furnish a new, $14 million sorority house. Instead, she “submitted fraudulent furniture invoices totaling about $375,000 to Greek Resource Services, a contract company that handles the finances for fraternities and sororities at the University of Alabama. GRS drew money from Gamma Phi Beta’s account at Bank of Tuscaloosa and gave Meehan two checks totaling about $375,000.”
She then deposited that money into an account for a fake business she started at First Citizens bank, and wired about $175,000 to herself. Later police found a whopping $234,648 in cash stashed in a Sam Edelman shoe box in her closet, the closest thing to a secret bank one can get.
In July, Meehan pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud after an arranged agreement got the other eight counts dismissed. All of the money she stole from the sorority was also recovered. On Tuesday, she was sentenced to six months in prison, 18 months of home confinement and 40 months of supervised probation. Her license to practice law was also suspended.