San Antonio accountant sentenced for fraud | USAO-WDTX
SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio woman was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for financial and tax fraud.
According to court documents, Alicia Henderson, 60, was the office manager and accountant of a nonprofit company that provided services to the Downtown San Antonio Public Improvement District. His responsibilities included overseeing the accounting and financial reporting functions for the non-profit corporation.
Between July 2014 and November 2017, Henderson forged or wrote to herself 118 checks drawn on the charity’s bank account and deposited the funds into her personal bank account. Henderson used the stolen money, totaling $291,385.23, for his personal benefit, but did not report the misappropriated funds on his federal tax forms. Henderson owed $64,719 in taxes from 2014 to 2016.
In addition to the prison sentence, Henderson was also ordered to pay $356,104.23 in restitution. On October 21, 2020, Henderson pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of misrepresentation on a tax return.
“Ms. Henderson betrayed the public trust by first robbing a nonprofit organization and then failing to pay taxes on its earnings,” said US Attorney Kristy Callahan, executive assistant. “Our office will continue to vigorously pursue those who use their positions to defraud the citizens of San Antonio for their own personal enrichment.”
“This individual has taken advantage of his position to personally enrich himself at the expense of the citizens of San Antonio,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge in San Antonio, Oliver E. Rich Jr. “The public can be confident that the accused will be held responsible for the crimes she committed.
“The fraud and tax crimes perpetrated by Alicia Henderson make people suspicious of otherwise legal businesses and nonprofits,” said Special Agent in Charge Ramsey E. Covington, of the CIA Field Office. IRS-Criminal Investigation in Houston, which includes San Antonio in its jurisdiction. . “Today’s sentencing will hopefully help restore some of the public’s trust and impress on other potential criminals and tax evaders that there is a price to be paid for crime.”
The FBI and IRS-CI investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. Blackwell and William R. Harris prosecuted the case.