16-Year Prison Term: DOJ Exposes $10 Million Amazon Warehouse Fraud

News / Amazon Fraud Scheme Mastermind Sentenced 16 Years

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently announced a significant prison sentence for Kayricka Wortham, who orchestrated a sophisticated fraud scheme while working as an Operations Manager at an Amazon warehouse in Smyrna, Georgia. Her fraudulent activities spanned nearly two years and resulted in the theft of over $9.4 million from the company. 

The Elaborate Fraud Scheme

Kayricka Wortham, as the mastermind, exploited her position at Amazon to submit more than $10 million in fictitious invoices for fake vendors, causing Amazon to pay approximately $9.4 million to Wortham and her co-conspirators. From about August 2020 to March 2022, Wortham acted as an Operations Manager and had the authority to approve both new vendors and the payment of vendor invoices for Amazon. She used this power to create a network of fake vendors and invoices to funnel money into her and her accomplices' accounts.

Involvement of Co-Conspirators

Wortham was not alone in her fraudulent endeavors. She enlisted the help of six other individuals, including Brittany Hudson, who owned a business contracted with Amazon for package delivery. Hudson collaborated with Wortham to submit fictitious invoices for fake vendors to Amazon, further facilitating the fraudulent scheme. The stolen funds were used to purchase luxury goods, including expensive real estate and high-end vehicles.

Red Flags and Criminal Conduct While on Bond

The sudden accumulation of wealth and extravagant spending served as significant red flags for the illicit nature of the funds. However, after her indictment for the Amazon fraud, Wortham attempted to mislead a franchising company by forging court documents while on bond. These documents falsely indicated that the criminal charges against her had been dismissed. This additional criminal conduct led to the revocation of her bond and further charges against her.

Charges and Sentencing

Kayricka Wortham, also known as "Kayricka Dupree" and "Kayricka Young," 32, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., to 16 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Additionally, she was ordered to pay restitution to Amazon in the amount of $9,469,731.45. More than $2.7 million in fraudulent proceeds were seized from multiple bank accounts, the residence in Smyrna, and the vehicles purchased with fraudulent proceeds were forfeited.

Pending Charges and Lessons Learned

Several co-conspirators still face pending charges, including wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. This case highlights the importance of due diligence in vendor risk management. Companies must thoroughly vet vendors and establish internal controls to prevent employee fraud using sensitive data. Segregation of duties and thorough documentation of processes and roles are essential components of effective fraud prevention measures.


The sentencing of Kayricka Wortham to 16 years in prison reflects the severity of her crimes and sends a strong message that fraudulent activities targeting companies and financial systems will not be tolerated. The DOJ's efforts, along with comprehensive vendor risk management and internal control systems, are crucial in safeguarding the integrity of businesses and the justice system. It also underscores the importance of detecting red flags and taking prompt action to prevent and mitigate financial fraud.

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