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United States of America v. Donna Alms
Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii
Judge: Derrick K. Watson
Court: United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (Honolulu County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Larry Tong
Defendant's Attorney: Craig W. Jerome - FPD
Description: Honolulu, HI - Las Vegas Woman Sentenced To Jail For Wire Fraud And Money Laundering Offenses
onna Alms, 55, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, and formerly of the Big Island of Hawaii, was sentenced on August 8, 2018 to 33 months in federal prison for defrauding Waste Management of Hawaii, Inc. of $862,722 over the course of 4 years.
According to information presented in court, Alms pled guilty in January 2018 to wire fraud and money laundering offenses that occurred while she was an operations specialist for Waste Management on the Island of Hawaii. Alms’s duties included obtaining temporary laborers to pick litter from Waste Management’s landfill site, and to arrange for their payment through an outside vendor. The vendor would then submit invoices to Alms for payment by Waste Management. During court proceedings, Alms admitted that she inflated approximately 247 invoices submitted to Waste Management by the vendor by cutting and pasting numbers onto a template that she maintained. Alms’s activities caused Waste Management to pay the vendor $862,722 in costs above what was actually billed. Alms then directed the vendor to return $692,549 of the excess payments to her, calling them “wages” to disguise the nature, source, and ownership of the funds.
U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson imposed a 33 month sentence, noting that Alms’s conduct was elaborate and repetitive. Alms was also ordered to pay restitution of $862,722, and to serve a 3 year term of supervision following her release.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.
18:1343.F FRAUD BY WIRE, RADIO, OR TELEVISION
18:1956-3300.F MONEY LAUNDERING - INTERSTATE COMMERCE, 18:1956(a)(1)(B)(i)
Outcome: Imprisonment: 33 Months as to each count, to run concurrently. Supervised Release: 3 Years as to each count, to run concurrently. Fine: None. Restitution: $862,722.70. Special Assessment: $200.00 ($100.00 as to each of Counts 1 and 2). Mittimus stayed until 9/19/2018.
Comments: Editor's Comment: It never ceases to amaze me that people can steal hundreds of thousands or millions and have nothing to defend themselves.