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Office Manager Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

16 December 2019 Winchester Frederick County News


December 16, 2019

HARRISONBURG – A former office manager of a Winchester-based company pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a U.S District Court last week.

Amy Jo Hansen, a West Virginia native, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud after stealing over $200,000 from Firstline Safety Management. Hansen worked at the safety services company for 17 years, 10 of which she spent as an office manager. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Hansen used three devices to make personal purchases and disguised them as normal work items or wiped them off bills entirely. In 2016, Hansen used Adobe software to falsely inflate vendor charges and, in doing so, hide her personal purchases. Fraudulent charges to Firstline increased in 2016, and became regular in 2017.

She was terminated from the company in 2018 and was accused of committing wire fraud. The charge that Hansen pled guilty to carries a possible 20 year prison sentence and up to a $250,000 fine.

“Unfortunately, theft by trusted employees is more common than most people realize,” United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen said in a press release. “Where these type of embezzlement schemes involve the use of the mail, the internet or other forms of electronic communication, they become federal crimes.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Office of the Virginia Attorney General, and Hansen will be tried in the U.S Western District Court in Harrisonburg.

 

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