Leesburg Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Up to $3.5 Million
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Victor R. DeAnthony, Jr., 47, of Leesburg, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud for embezzling up to $3.5 million from a business based in Herndon.
In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, DeAnthony admitted to stealing between $1.5 million and $3.5 million from Insequence, Inc., a systems engineering and integration company headquartered in Herndon, where he served as president until his termination in 2013. From 2004 through 2013, DeAnthony used corporate funds to make personal purchases and paid himself additional salary and bonus without approval. For instance, DeAnthony caused approximately $556,000 to be paid from Insequence’s corporate bank account to his mortgage lender to pay his monthly mortgage. DeAnthony used the embezzled funds to, among other things, purchase real estate, an automobile, personal watercraft, and a recreational vehicle.
According to court records, in order to conceal the fraud DeAnthony made false entries into the company’s accounting software. For example, in January 2012, DeAnthony wire transferred $59,612.83 from Insequence’s bank account to a title company in order to pay for expenses related to the sale of his personal residence in Leesburg. Later, in accounting records, DeAnthony falsely represented the transaction as a corporate “Facilities: Moving Expense.” Moreover, in May 2012, DeAnthony wire transferred $38,241.62 from Insequence to an account belonging to a law firm in South Carolina that assisted DeAnthony with a personal real estate purchase. In order to disguise the payment, DeAnthony falsely identified the payee as a northern Virginia law firm that the company had hired to negotiate a corporate income tax issue.
DeAnthony faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on March 10, 2016. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris. Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15-cr-364.