Mansfield Woman Defrauds Health and Human Services Technology Solutions Company Out of $3.7 Million
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
A Mansfield woman pleaded guilty today to a $3.7 million wire fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.
Tanisha Adderley, 51, was charged via criminal information in September. She pleaded guilty to wire fraud before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez.
“We are very proud of the work our Secret Service partners did in this investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Simonton. “No company should face the scenario that this one did, in which a trusted employee steals millions of dollars from its accounts. The Justice Department will not tolerate such breaches of trust.”
“The Secret Service has a long tradition of investigating those who aim to exploit our financial systems,” said Christina Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Dallas Field Office. “Working together with our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s office, we were able to put an end to this fraud scheme and ensure that those involved will be brought to justice.”
According to court documents, Ms. Adderley worked for a health and human services technology solutions company that recovered fees paid by their clients and remitted refunds to them via wires from their funds recovery bank account. Ms. Adderley had access to the funds recovery bank account and was responsible for obtaining approvals and processing fee refunds.
Over the course of five years, from 2019 to 2023, Ms. Adderley prepared false approvals and processed wire payments to non-vendor business bank accounts that were controlled by Ms. Adderley.
Ms. Adderley fraudulently obtained $3.7 million in company funds.
She now faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Her sentencing date is slated for May 6, 2024.
The United States Secret Service Dallas Field Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nashonme Johnson is prosecuting the case.
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Updated November 28, 2023