Former Schertz Business Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $470,000 from Company
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas
Today, 47-year-old Deanna Bates Wehde of San Antonio admitted to stealing over $470,000 from the company she managed, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad, Wehde pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. By pleading guilty, Wehde admitted that while employed by Stone Care of Texas between May 2016 and September 2018, she defrauded the company by using company credit cards issued in the names of former employees for business-related travel to make unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals for her own personal use and benefit.
Wehde faces up to 20 years in federal prison for wire fraud and a mandatory consecutive sentence of two years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft as well as restitution to the company. Wehde remains on bond pending sentencing scheduled for November 5, 2020, before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio.
The FBI investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Harris is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
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Updated July 30, 2020