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Las Vegas woman sentenced for defrauding Hawaiian company

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A Las Vegas woman was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for defrauding a business in Hawaii for over four years, according to federal prosecutors.

Donna Alms, 55, pled guilty in Jan. 2018 to wire fraud and money laundering offenses that happened while she was an operations specialist for Waste Management of Hawaii, Inc., federal prosecutors said. Alms defrauded the company for a total of $862,722.

According to federal prosecutors, Alms was a former resident of Hawaii’s Big Island. Alms’s duties for the company included finding laborers for litter pickup at Waste Management’s landfill site and to arrange for their payment with an outside vendor.

Federal prosecutors said Alms admitted to inflating roughly 247 invoices the vendor submitted to Waste Management by cutting and pasting numbers onto a template she maintained. Because of this, Waste Management ended up paying $862,549, well above what was billed to the company.

Alms then told the vendor to return $692,549 of the excess payments to her, according to federal prosecutors. Alms called these payments “wages” to avoid suspicion and to hide the source and ownership of the funds.

U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson ordered Alms to pay a restitution of $862,722 and noted that her “conduct was elaborate and repetitive,” federal prosecutors said.

According to federal prosecutors, the case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and Criminal Investigations. U.S. Attorney Larry Tong prosecuted the case.

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