A former Cox Communications employee was arraigned Tuesday, accused of stealing more than $900,000 from the Atlanta-based company, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said.
Joysha Flucker, 36, of Decatur faces multiple counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
Flucker, who was indicted in May, is one of two former Cox Communications employees allegedly involved in the theft. Sakia Allen, 38, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in July, the U.S. attorney said.
“We appreciate the support of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and local authorities,” the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Efforts to reach an attorney for Flucker were unsuccessful.
Prosecutors said Flucker and Allen accessed Cox Communications’ electronic invoicing system and used it to issue duplicate payments to bank accounts under their control. They allegedly stole $943,865.46.
Prosecutors said they have already confiscated a home and luxury cars allegedly purchased with the funds.
Each wire fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and the conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of five years. Fines can be up to $250,000 for each count.
Prosecutors said Flucker was taken into custody after arraignment before a federal magistrate.
Cox Communications is a division of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, a privately held company whose media holdings include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.