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Former Hawaii woman gets jail time for defrauding more than $860K from employer

Donna Alms will serve 33 months behind bars. (Image:File) Donna Alms will serve 33 months behind bars. (Image:File)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a former Hawaii woman to spend almost three years behind bars for swindling thousands from a former employer.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that 55-year-old Donna Alms, a current Las Vegas resident, will spend 33 months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering offenses.

According to the DOJ, Alms pleaded guilty in January to the offenses, admitting to defrauding Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. out of $862,722.

Alms worked for the company as an operations specialist while she lived on Hawaii Island. Officials say the fraud took place over a four-year-period. 

Her scheme included inflating 247 invoices from vendors, ordering a return of the over payment, and pocketing the money. She reportedly was able to disguise the extra funds as "wages" in records she maintained.

During sentencing, Judge Derrick K. Watson called Alms' actions elaborate and repetitive.

In addition to prison time, she was also ordered to pay $862,722 in restitution, and a 3-year-term of supervision following her release.

Agents from the FBI, IRS and Criminal Investigations assisted in the investigation.

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