The former human resources director for Oconee County was ordered to spend two years in a federal penitentiary Wednesday during her sentencing in U.S. District Court in Athens.
Besides the prison term, Sherry Turner-Seila must pay $118,451 in restitution.
U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal also ordered that she spend a year on supervised release when she gets out of prison.
Turner-Seila was allowed to leave the courthouse after her sentencing and will report to a prison when notified by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, according to First Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Leary.
Turner-Seila, 53, pleaded guilty in August to aggravated identity theft for a series of paycheck thefts in Oconee County from July 6, 2016, to July 5, 2019, according to federal authorities. She concocted a scheme where she would temporarily change a county employee’s direct deposit information to her own personal bank account, authorities said.