Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
14, 2017 – Anita Adams was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison today for a
felony theft she plead guilty to this past May.
The 51-year-old Houston woman was charged with stealing hundreds of
thousands of dollars from her employer along with the company’s bookkeeper.
to Scott Carpenter, the Economic Crimes Division Chief Prosecutor, Adams
plead guilty to Theft on May 15, 2017. The
Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation report by the adult probation
department to be considered during sentencing.
The evidence developed during the investigation demonstrated that Adams’
friend, Andrea Davidson, had been employed at an engineering company as an
office manager. One of her
responsibilities included managing the accounts payables, including all vendor
payments. According to the financial
records offered into evidence, Davidson stole over $8 million from her employer
by issuing company checks to herself and friends. Davidson disguised the checks by removing
them from the company’s computers and providing its accounting with altered
bank statements. Adams testified at her
sentencing hearing that beginning in 2007, Davidson began
issuing company checks directly to Adams and she would deposit the checks into
her bank account. In return, Adams gave
one-half of each deposit to Davidson. Adams
admitted to passing over $258,000 in stolen money through her account. The scheme was discovered when a credit card
company called the engineering firm asking if $300,000 in payments to
Davidson’s personal credit card were authorized. The company conducted an internal
investigation and determined that Davidson was spearheading a massive theft. Davidson was previously sentenced to 28 years
in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Davidson’s husband and another friend, Ether Thomas, currently have
cases set for trial.
Adams was prosecuted in the 400th
District Court before Presiding Judge Maggie Jaramillo. Theft in this case is a first-degree felony punishable
by 5-99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
District Attorneys Scott Carpenter prosecuted the case. Attorney Gerald Moton represented the