Texas and Nevada Serial Embezzler

Dentists should be on the lookout for a serial embezzler named Nancy PRUETT (has also gone by Nancy Richey and Nancy Castillo).  Her date of birth is reported to be 5/12/1967.

Nancy has been convicted of one embezzlement, and we have received reports from several other doctors claiming that she stole from them as well.  Here are a couple of pictures of our fired Nancy, and a copy of her Texas criminal conviction is below.  Reportedly she uses online dental job boards to find jobs in dental offices, and as of May 2018 she is reported to be looking for work.

 

 

PRUETT,NANCY (SID: 08960788)

SID 08960788
Date Last Updated 11/16/2017
SEX FEMALE
RACE WHITE
ETHNICITY HISPANIC
HEIGHT 5’5″
WEIGHT 150 LBS
EYES BROWN
HAIR BLACK
PLACE OF BIRTH TEXAS
NAME(S) • CASTILLO,NANCY
• PRUETT,NANCY (Primary)
• RICHEY,NANCY
BIRTH DATE(S) • 5/12/1967 (Primary)
ARREST SUMMARY
DATE OF ARREST SEQUENCE CODE TRACKING NUMBER AGENCY DESCRIPTION
12/2/2011
A 9167225888 DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HOUSTON
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ARREST DATE 12/2/2011 (1 CHARGES)
ARREST DETAIL
ARREST DATE 12/2/2011
SEQUENCE CODE A
TRACKING NUMBER 9167225888
ARRESTING AGENCY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HOUSTON (TX101015A)
ARREST DATE 12/2/2011 (CHARGE A001)
OFFENSE RECORD
AGENCY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HOUSTON (TX101015A)
INTERNAL AGENCY CASE NUMBER 791111202154
ARREST OFFENSE THEFT PROP >=$1500 < $20K (23990004)
ARREST OFFENSE LITERAL TX101015A1112526WC
ARREST OFFENSE CITATION 31.03(E)(4)(A)
LEVEL AND DEGREE OF OFFENSE FELONY – STATE JAIL FELONY (FS)
DATE OF OFFENSE 11/4/2010
ARREST DISPOSITION DATE 12/2/2011
ARREST DISPOSITION HELD (205)
PROSECUTOR ORI REFERRED TO DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HOUSTON (TX101015A)

PROSECUTION DETAIL
AGENCY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HOUSTON (TX101015A)
PROSECUTOR ACTION FIELD PROSECUTOR ACCEPTS THE CHARGE (A)
PROSECUTOR OFFENSE CITATION 31.03(E)(4)(A)
PROSECUTOR OFFENSE THEFT PROP >=$1500 < $20K (23990004)
LEVEL AND DEGREE PROSECUTED FELONY – STATE JAIL FELONY (FS)

COURT STATUS A
AGENCY DESCRIPTION 176TH DISTRICT COURT HOUSTON (TX101185J)
COURT OFFENSE THEFT PROP >=$20K < $100K (23990010)
COURT OFFENSE CITATION 31.03(E)(5)
LEVEL AND DEGREE OFFENSE FELONY – 3RD DEGREE (F3)
COURT DISPOSITION CONVICTED (310)
COURT DISPOSITION DATE 7/17/2012
DATE OF SENTENCE/STATUS 7/17/2012
CAUSE NUMBER CAU:132900201010
FINAL PLEADING GUILTY (G)
COURT CONFINEMENT 10Y
COURT COSTS 235
AGENCY RECEIVING CUSTODY 176TH DISTRICT COURT HOUSTON (TX236065C)
MULTIPLE SENTENCES CODE CONCURRENT (CC)

CUSTODIES
Custody
DATE OF OFFENSE 11/4/2010
CUSTODIAL AGENCY/ORI PARDON AND PAROLE BOARD AUSTIN (TX227015G)
PERSONAL ID NUMBER 01798689
SENTENCE EXPIRATION DATE 1/15/2022
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT HARRIS (101)
STATUS STARTING DATE 12/17/2013
STATUS SUPERVISION PAROLED (417)
STATUS SUPERVISION LITERAL TX227015G 01798689
RECEIVING AGENCY 101
PAROLED UNTIL DATE 1/15/2022
Custody
DATE OF OFFENSE 8/7/2012
CUSTODIAL AGENCY/ORI DEPT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE HUNTSVILLE (TX236065C)
PERSONAL ID NUMBER 01798689
SENTENCE EXPIRATION DATE 1/15/2022
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT HARRIS (101)
STATUS STARTING DATE 8/7/2012
STATUS SUPERVISION RECEIVED (421)
STATUS SUPERVISION LITERAL TX236065C 01798689

Texas Bookkeeper Accused of Stealing Over $300,000 From Dentist

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is charging a 35-year-old San Benito man with stealing more than $300,000 from a Los Fresnos dentist office over a three-year period.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said investigators arrested Francisco Hernandez-Limon Wednesday on Rio Hondo School District property. According to the district’s website, Hernandez-Limon worked as a bookkeeper.

The allegations, however, stem from when Hernandez-Limon worked at Los Fresnos Family Dentistry.

In 2016, Lucio said that office’s owner contacted him to file a report about $48,000 that was missing from the books. Investigators would later discover a total of $308,000 that was missing and accuse Hernandez-Limon of stealing it through various methods.

Lucio said Hernandez-Limon took cash from Los Fresnos Family Dentistry, forged checks, used the company credit card to charge personal items and gave himself unauthorized bonuses.

Hernandez-Limon is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property. Lucio said the suspect, if convicted, could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison, but not less than five years and also face a $10,000 fine.

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Paris TX Dental Office Employee Indicted for Theft

Marilynn “Missy” Armstrong of Paris was booked into the Lamar County Jail on Friday, April 21, 2017, for theft from her employer.

Armstrong was employed at Lee Crawford Dental (located on Pine Mill Rd.) for almost 10 years until November 2016 when she was confronted for allegedly embezzling finances and immediately terminated.

Armstrong was in charge of bookkeeping, collecting money, and making deposits for the dental office. She carried several office responsibilities regarding company finances, according to a representative for the company.

Suspicion of theft originated in 2016 after Dr. Crawford took notice that daily income amounts were not matching deposits that had been made. It appeared that there was over $150,000 unaccounted for over a period of 8 years, stated Dr. Crawford’s office.

Dr. Crawford filed charges in January 2017, and Armstrong was indicted by the Lamar County Grand Jury two weeks ago. Bond for Armstrong has been set at $15,000.

eParisExtra spoke with Lee Crawford Dental whereby the representative said, “No one saw this coming”.

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Docs: TX Employee stole $63,000 from periodontal practice

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A 26-year-old woman faces a state jail felony after police say she stole more than $60,000 from an Austin-area periodontist’s office.

An arrest warrant issued for Chrissie Socorro Trejo says the doctors in the practice became suspicious when a patient tried to pay in cash instead of paying with a credit card like patient’s history showed. The patient told one of the doctors that she usually paid with cash. According to the warrant, an audit of the practice’s pay history showed that on days Trejo was working alone at the front desk there were discrepancies between what were recorded as payments by customers and actual bank deposits.

In the audit, a shortfall of nearly $63,000 was discovered.

According to the affidavit, Trejo admitted that she “occasionally took cash” from the business during a meeting with the practice’s attorney.

If convicted, Trejo faces up to two years behind bars and a fine up to $10,000.

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Royse City, TX man sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing $100,000 from Rockwall dental clinic

By J.J. Smith. A Royse City man has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a Rockwall County jury after stealing nearly $100,000 from his former employer, Goliad Dental in Rockwall, owned by Dr. Barney Barnhill.

Former Office Manager Billy Ray Benavidez, 35, (pictured above) was ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 by the jury in the 382nd District Court.

District Judge Brett Hall also ordered Benavidez to pay $99,942 in restitution to Goliad Dental.

His prison term and fine were the maximum allowed by law for theft over $20,000 but under $100,000, according to the chief prosecutor, Rockwall County Assistant District Attorney Damita Sangermano.

Goliad Dental Office Administrator Irma Urieta said that Benavidez actually caused Goliad Dental to lose closer to $250,000, including the nearly $100,000 cash he pocketed plus additional discounts he offered to get patients to pay cash.

She said they doubt that any of the money will ever be returned to the dental office.

We’re just glad it’s over, she said. He was a real con man. We’re glad he got caught. Now we’re just getting back to normal. It hasn’t been fun.

According to Sangermano, the thefts occurred between Sept, 2007, and May, 2008, at a time when Benavidez was responsible for all financial operations at the dental clinic.

He embezzled all cash paid by patients for dental services and encouraged cash payments from patients by offering them a substantial discount on dental services, not authorized by Dr. Barnhill, she explained.

Because Billy Benavidez had access to the patient computer program, he was able to manipulate the records so that the cash payments did not appear, i.e. record them as credit card payments, change the dates, etc. He was the office manager, so no one looked beyond the obvious until a discrepancy came to light and then the entire amount was discovered when an audit was run that showed the changes he was making to conceal his thefts.

Urieta said he was caught when a dental assistant checked on a patient’s record to see how the patient had been billed. When she noticed the next day that Benavidez had changed the record, backdated the payment to 2007 so it wouldn’t show up, and that the patient had paid cash, she became suspicious and showed Dr. Barnhill.

Soon after, an audit was completed revealing the large sum of money missing, plus Benavidez was caught lying about going to Mexico and was found hiding in the office trying to take evidence.

He had all kinds of yellow sticky notes all over the place, she said.

Although he claimed he would repay the money, Benavidez was fired May 28, 2008, and police were contacted. He was arrested Oct. 6, 2008 and remained in jail until his trial began in Dec, 2009.

Sangermano said that Benavidez had committed a similar crime with his wife at a New Mexico dental clinic before coming to Texas. He was serving five years probation when he arrived here but nobody realized it.

He is currently on probation in Roswell, NM for forgery and committed the same offense against Dr. Carlton Walker, a now retired dentist. He embezzled cash payments from patients in exactly the same way he committed the Rockwall County offense but, in addition, he was submitting fraudulent refund claims to the insurance companies and cashing them.

The checks are the basis for the forgery charge. His wife, Rachael Benavidez, was a codefendant in the New Mexico charge and was also placed on probation for her participation in that offense.

There was no evidence that his wife was involved in the Rockwall case so there are no charges pending against her, she added.

Urieta said they were unaware of his record because their original background check only included Texas. After he was arrested, they paid for a nationwide background check and then learned about his previous crimes.

Dr. Barnhill was not aware of his record because Benavidez told Dr. Barnhill that his previous employer could not be contacted because he had retired due to a serious illness, said Sangermano.

The Assistant DA said he is currently waiting to be transferred to a Texas prison and from there is facing extradition and sentencing on a probation revocation in New Mexico.

It is possible that the New Mexico sentence could be stacked on the Texas sentence which would require the defendant to serve the sentences consecutively. I believe the defendant is facing a penalty range of 1-3 years in New Mexico, she added.

Sangermano said that prior to his arrest, he was indicted by a grand jury, after Rockwall police and the Rockwall County District Attorney’s office worked together collecting and reviewing case evidence, witness statements and preparing the indictment.

Benavidez was living and working in Rockwall when he was arrested. Urieta said she doesn’t think he realized that Goliad Dental had contacted police and filed charges, nor that he was under investigation until he was arrested.

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Texas woman who forged 163 prescriptions sentenced to five years’ probation

A Greenwood woman addicted to pain medications she stole from her employer was given a five-year probation sentence Thursday morning.

Misty Michelle Tullos wrote 163 fraudulent prescriptions for pills containing hydrocodone for herself while she worked as the office manager for Midland dentist Dr. Frank Kasman, according to court records.

Tullos was employed by Kasman’s office for eight years, and between Sept. 1, 2008, and March 20, 2010, she began calling pharmacies around Midland and Odessa and placing orders for Kasman for the medications. She used her son’s, husband’s or other family member’s name as the recipient of the drugs, court documents showed. She also ordered multiple 100-count bottles from health care distributor Henry Schein Inc.

Tullos was arrested on Oct. 29 following her federal indictment two days previously and signed a guilty plea deal with the court on Dec. 15.

Judge Robert Junell on Thursday ordered her to pay $9,157.24 in restitution; $4,125 of that is to be paid to Kasman and the remainder to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. She also was fined $3,000 by the court and will pay a $100 fee to the crime victim’s fund.

When Junell asked Tullos if she had anything to say to Kasman, who was sitting in the courtroom, she turned to him and apologized.

“I’m sorry for betraying your trust and confidence, Dr. Kasman,” she said.

Her attorney, Rodion Cantacuzene Jr., told the court that Kasman took his client in and helped advance her career and that Tullos understands how angry he must be at her, and that it was difficult for her to address him now.

“She’s sorry. And for her, I would like to relay that to you,” he told Kasman.

Cantacuzene then told Junell that Tullos is devastated by what she’s done to her family and she believes she’s let her husband and children down. He said she hopes she will be able to tell her children not to do drugs because of what’s happened to her.

“It’s crashed her as a human being,” he said. “The one person she can’t forgive is herself but she’s starting to work on it.”

Her attorney said that after she had had surgery and lost a friend, it was hard for her to get up and go to work. She began to take the opiates and thought, “I’ll take a few more. I have to take care of my family,” he told the court, adding that that was how she developed the addiction.

He asked Junell to sentence her to the maximum probation term of five years in lieu of prison; Tullos could have received six months in federal prison.

“She is reminded every day of what she had risked, and I don’t think she’ll risk it again,” Cantacuzene said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Klassen told Junell that he and law enforcement have worked these types of cases in the past, but this one by far involved the most fraudulent prescriptions.

“We’re not prosecuting her for being a drug addict but because she passed forged prescriptions,” he said.

He asked Junell that if her punishment was to be probation that it be some with “teeth.”

“I think there needs to be an element of punishment so she’s reminded of what she’s done,” Klassen said.

Junell handed down the five-year probation sentence but added several restrictions to the terms. Tullos is to remain on home confinement between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and must attend a drug rehabilitation program and be drug-tested on a regular basis.

She also will take part in a mental health program and perform 300 hours of community service. Tullos must notify her probation officer within 48 hours if she receives any prescription from her physician and also inform any employer of the federal conviction.

Tullos submitted to a urinalysis test before her 9 a.m. court appointment Thursday, Cantacuzene reminded the court. Then Junell said drug tests will continue periodically during her probation term.

“Ms. Tullos, you are not the victim in this case. You are the perpetrator. You are a mature woman and you made a really bad choice,” Junell said. “If you do not follow the rules of probation, I will revoke it and send you to prison.”

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Lufkin TX dental employee pleads guilty to 3 counts of prescription fraud; also stole office’s gold with co-worker

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –

Appearing in an Angelina County judicial district court Thursday morning, Heather Terry, a former dental employee, pleaded guilty to three counts of prescription fraud for forging prescriptions of Hydrocodone.

As part of Terry’s plea bargain deal, Terry’s pending state-jail felony theft charge was dismissed. She has paid $2,575 in restitution for the theft.

Terry, 30, of Huntington, was sentenced to four years of probation under community supervision. She will not be allowed to leave Angelina County without permission.

During the court proceeding, Terry admitted to forging the prescriptions and taking the Hydrocodone. She said she had a previous prescription for them from past surgeries and dental work. She told Judge Barry Bryan that she is not on prescription drugs right now.

In January 2012, Terry turned herself into authorities after she was accused of forging prescriptions for Hydrocodone and Vicodin. She was charged with four counts of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance by prescription.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Lufkin Police began investigating the crime on Dec. 22, when Dr. Amy Ross came to the department and reported that an employee was calling in or forging prescriptions using Ross’ and Dr. David Palmer’s numbers. Ross said Terry had been working for the office for more than eight years. Ross said a pharmacist called her and said that a large amount of Hydrocodone had been prescribed for Terry and her husband from Ross and Palmer.

Ross said neither she nor Palmer had ever written a prescription for that drug while Terry had been employed.

Ross then said she accessed records which showed 94 pills were written for Terry under Ross’ name and all were without her knowledge.

Police took handwriting samples of Terry and concluded that it matched prescriptions written on May 25 at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, located at 903 W. Frank St., for 40 Vicodin; on July 28 at Walgreens, located at 102 N. Timberland Drive, for 40 Vicodin; and on Aug. 3 at Brookshire Brothers, located at 1807 W. Frank St., for Vicodin.

Terry was released from the Angelina County Jail after she posted a collective bond of $20,000.

Then, in April 2012, Kelly and another former dental employee, Mary Dorsey, 43, of Huntington, were arrested for stealing dental gold from their employers and selling it to gold buyers. Terry and Dorsey were both charged with state-jail felony theft.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Dr. David Palmer with Palmer and Ross Dental Group, located at 111 Christie Drive, filed a report at the police station and claimed $5,000 in scrap gold pieces had been stolen from his office. Palmer said an employee had knowledge that Terry and Dorsey had stolen the scraps.

Police also interviewed a gold buyer for Borders Group. According to statements, the owner of the Posh Cottage in Lufkin held a gold party on Nov. 8, 2011, and Terry and Dorsey and another employee came into the party together. Before the buy took place, the third employee left the party. The buyer said Terry and Dorsey approached the buying table to sell the used dental gold and some unused dental gold pieces. The buyer said she asked the women where they had gotten so much gold and Dorsey told her she had worked for a dentist who had died recently and the gold was given to her.

The suspects sold the gold for $3,600, according to the affidavit. One witness said, “When we quoted the amount for the dental gold, they seemed shocked and said that they had more to sell at a later date. A statement was made by one of the girls not to tell the third girl how much money they made because she didn’t help them that much.”

Another party was held on Dec. 11, by Terry’s mother. The buyer said as the party was drawing to a close, Terry’s mother came to her and asked her to relocate to another residence. The buyer asked why and Terry’s mother said because she did not want the owner of the home to know about the purchase “because she had a big mouth,” according to the affidavit.

The buyer said they went to Terry’s home and bought more gold. Terry said she did not have time to clean the gold and they offered to buy it for $1,750, according to the affidavit.

The buyer said, “This gold was unlike the previous dental gold that we had previously purchased. The previous gold had been separated from the porcelain and this gold had not. There was a particular piece that still had a tooth in it. The tooth still had blood on it.”

Police interviewed Dorsey, who said she had gotten the gold from her previous employer’s widow. An interview with the widow contradicted that statement.

The third employee took a polygraph test and said that the two suspects had stolen the gold from the business.

Police obtained a warrant for the arrests of both women on March 29. Both women were released from the Angelina County Jail after they each posted a bond of $3,500.

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Alleged theft by Texas man causes financial cavity for Atascocita dentist

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A Splendora man is accused of stealing more than $36,000 from an Atascocita dentist for whom he performed bookkeeping tasks, according to court documents filed in the 339th District Court in Harris County.

Dale Bradford Harding, 51, is charged with aggregate theft, a third degree felony.

In a probable cause statement filed in court, investigators say Harding took out a $45,000 business loan through his business credit card associated with the dentist’s office, without the dentist’s approval. The money was reportedly deposited into the dentist’s bank account, but Harding allegedly immediately began transferring the funds to his own account, a little at a time, over a period of about six months. Harding is also accused of writing three checks on the dentist’s bank account, forging his signature. The defendant used the checks, investigators determined, to make payroll at Harding’s own personal drug screening companies.

“[I] contacted the defendant who stated he paid himself with the complainant’s checks for tax and bookkeeping services he rendered,” the investigating deputy wrote in his probable cause statement. “Complainant told [me] he paid defendant with a personal check for $675 for 2010 tax services and received an IRS levy on his account for unpaid taxes of $37,000 not filed by the defendant.”

The investigator further states that Harding admitted to writing checks on the dentist’s account and provided several reasons for doing so.

“[Harding] stated that he had power of attorney to write these checks for the complainant,” the probable cause statement says, adding the dentist denied this claim. “[Harding] stated that he would bring proof of the power of attorney to [me], but he failed to do so. Complainant informed [me] that the defendant did not have power of attorney and did not have authorization to transfer any money from his account without the complainant’s written authorization for any transaction.”

A felony warrant was issued for Harding’s arrest and he was taken into custody Sept. 27. As of Wednesday, Sept. 28, he remained in Harris County Jail on a $10,000 bond, awaiting arraignment Oct. 19.

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Texas woman who stole from periodontist could get probation instead of 10 years in prison

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Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 12:00 am

A 48-year-old Willis woman was told she would have to serve 10 years in prison for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her employer unless a judge decides six months from now that she can go on probation.

Brenda Lois Hobson pleaded guilty in October to theft of property between $20,000 and $100,000. District Judge Travis Bryan III decided her punishment Thursday, which included a $10,000 fine.

She has two weeks until she must report to Brazos County Detention Center.

After six months, she’ll go before the judge and he will decide whether she should be put on probation.

Hobson admitted to manipulating financial records over the course of several years at Brazos Valley Periodontics Center where she worked as a receptionist and office manager.

Sam Seale, the owner of the clinic who was called to testify against Hobson, complimented the efforts of Assistant District Attorneys Kevin Capps and John Brick, who prosecuted the case.

He said he was pleased Hobson will have to spend some time in prison, but was disappointed she could be put on probation after six months.

“I feel like the severity of her crimes, of her theft and fraudulent activities, warranted more than that,” Seale said.

Seale also thanked his patients who stayed with his practice during the investigation of Hobson’s actions.

Prosecutors said Hobson would pocket cash and tell patients to sign blank checks that were later deposited in her bank account. She would then change financial records to cover her tracks.

Hobson said she would use the money to buy purses, shoes and to get her nails done.

Hobson, who testified in her own defense, admitted her wrongdoing and apologized to Seale and his family.

“I am very sorry for everything I did, for what it’s caused for you and your family, for your employees and the business,” she said to Seale. “I know you said earlier that you’re not able to forgive, and I completely understand that. I can’t imagine what you and your family have gone through.”

Hobson was fired from the job she held before the dental clinic after an investigation showed she forged a signature to divert $5,400 to her own bank account.

Since the signature she forged was her mother-in-law’s — who didn’t wish to press charges — the incident never made it to criminal court.

Hobson’s defense attorney, Craig Greaves, argued that because she didn’t have a criminal record and that she was receiving counseling, she should be given probation instead of jail time.

“There’s a lot of things you can do here,” he said to the judge. “But sending her to the pen is not going to rehabilitate anybody, it’s not going to deter anybody.”

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Texas woman sentenced to 11 years for embezzlement

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268th District Court Judge Brady G. Elliott sentenced Jessica Rose Williamson to 11 years in prison on December 1, 2015 after she admitted to committing felony theft.

The 40 year-old Bellaire woman was charged with stealing thousands of dollars from her employer in 2013. According to prosecutor Susan Sweeney, Williamson was an employee of a local dentist who took advantage of her employers trust while he was focused on caring for a sick family member. Williamson stole more than $38,000 over several months by stealing checks, applying credits to her debit card, and other means.

Williamson had committed various forms of theft, forgery, and credit card abuse before, but was never convicted of more than a State Jail Felony and never been sentenced to more than two years in confinement. Several of her previous victims testified in the sentencing hearing including her sons former kindergarten teacher, previous employers, and a Good Samaritan who responded to a KSBJ prayer request that Williamson made based on a fabricated hardship.

The defendants behavior is despicable, said Sweeney. She took advantage of someone who trusted her during a difficult time, without compassion or sympathy. This sentence should protect our citizens from the predator that she is. Theft in this case is a second-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

Williamson was probation eligible. Assistant District Attorneys Susan Sweeney, Scott Carpenter and Abdul Farukhi prosecuted the case. Attorney Elan Levy represented the defendant.

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