A Las Vegas woman was sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for defrauding a waste disposal company of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
55-year-old Donna Alms, formerly of the Big Island of Hawaii, was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months in federal prison for defrauding Waste Management of Hawaii, Inc. of $862,722 over the course of 4 years.
According to information presented in court, Alms pleaded guilty in January 2018 to wire fraud and money laundering offenses that occurred while she was an operations specialist for Waste Management on the Island of Hawaii. Alms’s duties included obtaining temporary laborers to pick litter from Waste Management’s landfill site, and to arrange for their payment through an outside vendor. The vendor would then submit invoices to Alms for payment by Waste Management.
During court proceedings, Alms admitted that she inflated approximately 247 invoices submitted to Waste Management by the vendor by cutting and pasting numbers onto a template that she maintained. Alms’s activities caused Waste Management to pay the vendor $862,722 in costs above what was actually billed. Alms then directed the vendor to return $692,549 of the excess payments to her, calling them “wages” to disguise the nature, source and ownership of the funds.
Alms was also ordered to pay restitution of $862,722, and to serve a 3-year term of supervision following her release.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.