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Alpharetta woman used millions from her employer for years to fund her luxury lifestyle, pleads guilty

Alpharetta, Georgia – Sonya Hesenius, a former office manager and executive assistant from Alpharetta, Georgia, has admitted to stealing over $3.5 million from her workplace over a period of several years. This is a shocking admission of financial misconduct. Hesenius planned the complicated scam, which took place over five years, from 2015 to 2020, while he was working for a company that did yard work. This case shows not only how bad business fraud is, but also how bad the results are when people do dishonest things.

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Hesenius’s complicated plan involved many dishonest financial moves, such as using company credit cards to make unauthorized charges and changing company records. The trick was complicated; Hesenius carefully disguised her own fraudulent charges as legitimate business costs and coded and cleared them. These so-called costs included things like newspaper ads and small amounts of money spent on different job sites. They were all meant to hide her illegal activities by making them look like normal business activities.

The size of Hesenius’s lavish lifestyle, which was paid for by the stolen money, was unbelievable. She didn’t skimp on anything for her daughter’s wedding at the fancy Barnsley Resort. In addition, she bought expensive clothes from high-end names like Louis Vuitton and Chanel and paid for her own and more than 20 family members and friends to travel. She didn’t stop there; she also bought season tickets for the football and basketball teams at the University of Tennessee, a recreational vehicle, and a lot of other expensive things, like clothes, trips, and hotel stays.

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With her plea to guilty to one count of wire theft, Sonya Hesenius, now 59 years old and living in Suwanee, Georgia, brought the case to a head. On March 6, 2024, she will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victoria M. Calvert. At this point, the legal process that has shown how serious wire fraud is and how responsible people are in fiduciary jobs will come to an end.

In this case, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan stressed how bad Hesenius’ actions were and how committed the FBI is to bringing these kinds of criminals to justice. This case is a strong warning of what can happen when you break an employer’s trust, especially when you are responsible for managing money. More and more, the legal process is showing how bad Hesenius’ actions were toward her previous employer and the people who worked for them. This shows how important it is to be honest in jobs with financial responsibilities.

Gideon Blackwell



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