WCSTX Bookkeeper Who ‘Cooked The Books’ In Her Favor … Gets 1 Year In Prison
CHRISTIANSTED — A former Women’s Coalition of St. Croix bookkeeper has been sentenced in federal prison for stealing at least $83,510 from the non-profit organization, authorities said.
Kira Lee Encarnacion, 41, of St. Croix, was sentenced Thursday in U.S District Court to 13 months imprisonment, on one count of Federal Program Theft, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.
After finding that Encarnacion abused a position of trust, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis sentenced Encarnacion to a prison term of 13 months to be followed by three years of supervised release. Additionally, Encarnacion was ordered to pay the outstanding restitution balance of $83,510 and a special assessment of $100.
According to court documents, from November 2014 through May 2015, Encarnacion was employed as a bookkeeper with the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix (WCSTX).
As the bookkeeper, Encarnacion’s duties included issuing legitimate payments to vendors in support of the organization’s functions using an accounting software program.
However, during this period, she fraudulently caused 39 WCSTX checks to be issued to herself, totaling $85,510. Encarnacion disguised the checks in the accounting software program as payments to legitimate vendors of WCSTX. Encarnacion then deposited the checks into her personal bank account and used the funds for personal matters.
WCSC receives in excess of $10,000 a year in federal grants and benefits, which gave rise to the federal prosecution.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuted the case.