KNOXVILLE, TN-Leslie Janous, 36, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, by the Honorable Leon Jordan, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 110 months in federal prison. The sentence was the result of guilty pleas by Janous on February 24, 2011, to a federal grand jury indictment charging her with wire fraud and an information charging her with money laundering.
In April 2011, while awaiting sentencing for her offenses, Janous fled from the Knoxville area. She was apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 6, 2011, in Apache Junction, Ariz., and held in custody pending sentencing.
In addition to her term in prison, Janous was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,651,829.07 to her former employer, Scancarbon, Inc., the company that she defrauded. Judge Jordan also ordered that all proceeds of her offenses are subject to forfeiture.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said, "If there was ever a case of aggravated embezzlement, this was it. So far, throughout the indictment, arrest, plea of guilty and her subsequent efforts to escape, Leslie Janous has shown no remorse for her conduct. Service of this sentence will prove the seriousness of her criminal acts."
The indictment and subsequent conviction of Janous was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service, and Knox County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Dale, Jr., represented the United States.