Former Office Worker Pleads Guilty To Stealing Nearly $290,000 From Three Different Employers
Crimes Took Place Over Three-Year Period
WASHINGTON – Tinita Joyner, 52, of Rockville, Md., pled guilty today to embezzling nearly $290,000 from three companies where she had access to financial accounts while working as an office manager or as an executive assistant, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
Joyner pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to wire fraud, an offense that is punishable by a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and potential financial penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, she faces a likely range of 33 to 41 months in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. The plea agreement calls for her to pay a total of $289,640 in restitution. The Honorable James E. Boasberg scheduled sentencing for Feb. 7, 2017.
According to the government’s evidence, Joyner stole the money from September 2012 through September of 2015, while working a succession of three jobs in which she had access to her employer’s financial information and accounts. The companies, which are not identified by name in court documents, did not authorize Joyner to make credit card purchases outside of her responsibilities of paying office related expenses and bank transfers and withdrawals that she then used for the benefit of herself and others.” The losses took place as follows:
“Company A” – Joyner was hired as an office manager in July 2012 for this consulting firm, which assisted organizations that wanted to establish and elevate their presence with emerging economies across the globe. In September of 2012, she became director of internal affairs and was in charge of the company’s day-to-day operations. According to the government’s evidence, from September 2012 through February 2014, Joyner fraudulently obtained $187,682 through unauthorized purchases on corporate credit cards and unauthorized bank transfers. Meanwhile, as the company fell behind on rental payments and payments for employee health insurance, Joyner forged documents to secure a loan for the firm. Finally, in February of 2014, the company’s chief executive officer learned that Joyner had forged his name, giving her unlimited access to the company’s account, and that she had made unauthorized withdrawals. Soon after that, he told Joyner that her services would no longer be needed. At the time of her departure, the company owed $31,120 on the bank loan that she had taken out.
Total loss caused by these activities: $218,802.
“Company B” – In April 2014, Joyner began employment at a temporary agency and was assigned to work as an executive assistant to the president of this non-profit that is focused on empowering students to become leaders in the community. In September of 2014, she was hired as a permanent employee. From August until December 2014, according to the government’s evidence, Joyner made $6,964 in unauthorized purchases on the company’s credit card. She also used the personal information of the president to fraudulently obtain two additional credit cards. From September 2014 through February 2015, she made $23,753 in unauthorized purchases on these cards. She also made two unauthorized electronic transfers to the cards from the company’s account, totaling $10,523. She was terminated in December 2014.
Total loss caused by these activities: $41,240.
“Company C” – In February 2015, Joyner was hired as the executive assistant to this management consulting company, which primarily worked with the federal government on civilian programs. From March 2015 through September 2015, according to the government’s evidence, she made $20,638 in unauthorized charges to the company’s credit card, using the money to pay a relative’s tuition at a private high school and for various personal expenses. In addition, she created six fraudulent vouchers that cost the company an additional $8,960.
Total loss caused by these activities: $29,598
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips and Assistant Director in Charge Abbate commended the work of those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office. They also expressed appreciation for the work of those who handled the case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Arvind K. Lal, Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, Paralegal Specialists Kaitlyn Krueger, Jessica Mundi and Christopher Toms, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa A. Howie, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.