Feds: Woman used Indiana National Guard position to make unauthorized purchases

Woman files petition to plead guilty

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman faces federal charges after she used her position with the Indiana National Guard to commit wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Angela Watson, 51, of Indianapolis, used National Guard funds to make more than $200,000 in unauthorized purchases, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Thursday.

Authorities said Watson filed a petition with the court to plead guilty to wire fraud.

Watson worked as a program analyst for the National Guard for 18 years, officials said, and had been given a purchase card to buy authorized items for the Indiana National Guard.

"The alleged scheme, which lasted from 2008 until late 2010, involved Watson using her (card) to make unauthorized personal purchases, including items from stores such as Wal-Mart, Sears, Staples and Best Buy," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release. "These items included jewelry, electronics, household appliances, home installations, gift cards, clothing, tools and food."

Authorities said Watson then submitted false and fraudulent receipts that indicated she had bought valid items or sent notices to the National Guard that explained why she didn't have receipts.

If a judge accepts the guilty plea, Watson could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

If Watson is convicted, the federal government will go after her assets.

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