Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
District Court Judge James H. Shoemake
sentenced Samia Alam Quddusi to four years in the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice – Institutional Division on June 9, 2017. A jury convicted the defendant of felony Theft on April 21, 2017
after a week long trial. The 24 year-old Sugar Land woman stole over $40,000 from her
employer in 2014. Quddusi requested the
court to determine her punishment and the case was reset to for the judge to consider
a pre-sentence investigation report.
According to Assistant
District Attorney Abdul Farukhi, Samia Alam Quddusi (L) was hired by a Stafford
area company to work as an administrative assistant in June of 2014. Within two months, Quddusi had stolen $42,500
in company funds by writing checks to herself.
When confronted by the company president, the defendant admitted to
committing the offense and explained she needed the money for school loans and
to pay her brother’s bail bonds. The
State presented evidence showing the defendant did attend school, and that her
tuition was paid through financial aid grants.
Other evidence and testimony revealed that Quddusi purchased a luxury
vehicle and used the stolen money to dine out and patronize nail and hair salons.
The defense claimed the money Quddusi took
was given as a gift, or a loan; however, there was no testimony to support
During the punishment hearing, the State
called the business owner who testified about the incredible stress he was
placed under when it was discovered his employee stole $42,500 from the company
checking account. He described how his
professional reputation and the reputation of the company was at stake due to
the offense. He also stated that he lost
trust in employees and spent significant time to resolve
the matter with the bank and the police.
The defense called three witnesses – the
defendant’s sister, mother, and the defendant.
Both the defendant’s sister and mother testified to her character and
stated that she was an “honest and caring” person despite being aware that she
had been convicted of theft and had stolen from a previous employer.
The defendant stated she disagreed with the
jury’s verdict and maintained the money was given to her voluntarily. She stated for the first time that she had a
special relationship with her employer that allowed for her to get large sums
of money in a short period of time. When
pressed for details regarding that relationship as well as for the dates the
checks were given to her, she stated could not remember the specific details. The defendant did admit she had credibility
issues due to her past criminal history.
She also acknowledged that she had lied on her resume both before and
after the offense. When asked about what
she did with the stolen funds, the defendant stated she spent or loaned about
$20,000 of the $42,500 but could not account for or remember what happened to
Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge
Shoemake stated that despite Quddusi’s claims that the money was given to her,
he believed the defendant did commit the theft.
Judge Shoemake also stated that he did not believe she was a good
candidate for probation because of her prior history and because she
demonstrated through the evidence and testimony a lack of understanding the
importance of being truthful and honest.
Theft in this
case was a third-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a
fine up to $10,000. Quddusi was
District Attorneys Abdul Farukhi and Grayson Miller prosecuted the case. Attorneys Eddrea McKnight and Alfonso
Anderson represented the defendant.