Nigerian National Sentenced to 121 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Launder Proceeds of Internet Fraud Schemes
WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss announced that a Port Deposit, Maryland woman was sentenced today to 24 months of probation, to include 6 months of home confinement; to repay victims $138,000 in restitution; and to complete 250 hours of community service. The sentence followed a jury verdict convicting defendant of a six-year scheme to defraud her employer, All About Women, an obstetrics and gynecology practice serving Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. U.S. Federal Circuit Judge Leonard P. Stark pronounced sentence.
Kimberly Sponaugle, 44, was convicted in December 2021, following a jury trial, of one count of wire fraud. The jury determined that she had developed and executed a scheme to steal from her employer, a prominent Delaware medical practice, from January 2012 through March 2018. Over those years, Sponaugle used her company credit card to make personal purchases and paid off those purchases with her employer’s bank account.
During the time Ms. Sponaugle stole from them, All About Women was a partnership, owned by doctors who practiced there. The owners of All About Women dedicated their careers to providing high-quality reproductive healthcare to 40,000 women. The defendant’s fraud scheme caused substantial disruption for its 65 employees and thousands of women across four states. It also forced the partners of All About Women to relinquish their dream of small business ownership in favor of a new practice management model. Despite this hardship, the doctors continue to provide critical obstetrical and gynecological care to their patients.
U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss commented, “Kim Sponaugle was entrusted with the responsibility to protect the financial health of All About Women and its partners. She used her position to steal from practitioners dedicated to providing reproductive healthcare to thousands of women in Delaware and the surrounding states. While we are pleased the victims will receive some restitution for this crime, at this time when access to these services is paramount, the probationary sentence imposed sends precisely the wrong message. No matter the sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to investigating and prosecuting those who steal from healthcare providers who offer vital services to the citizens of Delaware.”
This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carly Hudson and Ruth Mandelbaum.