SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge today sentenced Deanna Bates Wehde, 48, of San Antonio to 49 months in federal prison for stealing more than $470,000 from the business she ran.
In addition to the jail sentence, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Orlando Garcia ordered Wehde to pay $471,006.30 in restitution and be placed on probation for three years after serving his sentence. prison sentence.
“Today’s prison sentence reflects the seriousness of the defendant’s breach of her employer’s trust and she is now held accountable for her crime,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, together with our law enforcement partners, will continue to identify, investigate, and prosecute those who take advantage of their position to steal from and harm businesses.”
On July 30, 2020, Wehde pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated impersonation. In pleading guilty, Wehde admitted that while employed by Stone Care of Texas between May 2016 and September 2018, she defrauded the company using corporate credit cards issued in the names of former employees to business trips to make unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals for personal use and benefit.
“Small businesses play an important role in sustaining and driving economic growth in our community,” said Christopher Combs, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, San Antonio Division. “The FBI San Antonio is committed to protecting businesses from theft and fraud that threaten their stability and the health of our local economies.”
The FBI investigated this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Harris prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.