Office Manager Indicted for Stealing More Than $980,000 from Birmingham Surgical Practice
BIRMINGHAM -- A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted the office manager of a Birmingham surgical practice on charges related to the theft of more than $987,375 from her employer, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton and Internal Revenue Service and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot.
A nine-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges ANNTWINE MOSS, 49, of Bessemer, with five counts of wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion for stealing more than $987,375 from Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Alabama between 2006 and 2013.
According to the indictment, Moss executed a scheme to defraud the surgical practice by using her authority as office manager to write unauthorized checks to herself, make unauthorized direct deposits into her account, and use the company's credit cards for unauthorized personal purchases. As office manager, Moss had authority over several key functions including payroll, accounting, bookkeeping and managing the office's budget. The indictment also charges that she falsified her personal tax returns for several years by failing to report to the IRS the illicit income she stole from TCVSA.
The maximum penalty for each wire fraud count is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while the tax evasion count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The FBI and IRS investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Xavier O. Carter Sr. is prosecuting.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.