Hoover Man Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Against Employers and UA Band Support Group
TUSCALOOSA – A federal judge today sentenced a Hoover man to more than two years in prison for stealing money from two former employers and a non-profit organization that supported the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.
U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced RANDALL SHO WOODS, 33, to two years and three months in prison on two counts of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. Woods pleaded guilty to the charges in June.
“This case is yet another example of an employee stealing from a series of employers,” Town said. “Citizens have to trust those with access to bank accounts and confidential business information and when that trust is breached, there needs to be dire consequences.”
Ingram’s Accounting & Financial Management Inc. in Tuscaloosa had employed Woods as a staff accountant. While working at the business, Woods fraudulently charged more than $30,000 on corporate credit card accounts for personal expenses, according Woods’ guilty plea. Another company, Birmingham-based State Traditions, had previously employed Woods as an account clerk. While at State Traditions, Woods engaged in numerous fraudulent activities, including stealing from the company’s Pay-Pal account and forging the endorsement of one of State Traditions’ owners on multiple checks. Combined, Woods stole more than $150,000 from State Traditions, according to his plea. Finally, while Woods served as treasurer of the Million Dollar Band Association, he stole more than $28,000 by writing checks payable to himself, according to his plea.
The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Beardsley Mark prosecuted.