In a recent development, Tanisha Adderley, a 51-year-old woman from Mansfield, pleaded guilty to a wire fraud scheme amounting to $3.7 million. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Leigha Simonton.
The charges against Adderley were filed in September, and she entered her guilty plea for wire fraud before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez.
U.S. Attorney Simonton expressed appreciation for the investigative work conducted by the Secret Service, emphasizing that no company should have to endure the theft of millions of dollars by a trusted employee. Simonton asserted that the Justice Department will not tolerate breaches of trust of this nature.
Christina Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Dallas Field Office, highlighted the agency's commitment to investigating financial system exploitation. Foley acknowledged the collaborative effort with the U.S. Attorney’s office, which led to putting an end to the fraud scheme and ensuring accountability for those involved.
Court documents revealed that Adderley was employed by a health and human services technology solutions company. In her role, she managed the recovery of fees paid by clients, facilitating refunds through wire transfers from the funds recovery bank account. Adderley had access to this account and was responsible for approvals and processing fee refunds.
Over a span of five years, from 2019 to 2023, Adderley allegedly prepared false approvals and processed wire payments to non-vendor business bank accounts under her control. The fraudulent activity resulted in Adderley obtaining $3.7 million in company funds.
Adderley now faces a potential federal prison sentence of up to 20 years. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 6, 2024.