Woman gets 28-year prison sentence after stealing millions from company
Jury finds Andrea Watson Davidson, 49, guilty in less than 10 minutes
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – A woman was convicted of felony theft on Friday after she was charged with stealing millions of dollars from her employer over several years as a bookkeeper.
The Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office said Andrea Watson Davidson, 49, was promoted in 2007, and according to officials, up until 2014 she used the company's funds for personal items and outings, including parties at upscale nightspots, limousines, cruises, suites and sports arenas and other luxury expenses.
The DA said when Davidson's employer confronted her about the money, she admitted to the theft, saying she used $2 million for herself, her friends, family and church without consent, adding that her friends and family didn't know where the money came from.
During trial, Davidson testified that she would forge company checks and when the monthly statements would arrive, she would alter them and present hard copies to the accountant, who did not receive originals.
The DA said Davidson was caught when the vice president of her company was notified by a credit card fraud department that company funds were being used to pay a personal credit card account belonging to Davidson.
Several people testified in Davidson's defense, arguing that the company trusted her too much and there should have been more oversight. However, the prosecution argued Davidson made conscious and deliberate decisions to deprive hardworking people of their money.
A jury took less than 10 minutes to find Davidson guilty, dealing her a 28-year prison sentence with a $10,000 fine.
“There is no excuse to take money that isn’t yours," said Scott Carpenter, lead counsel on the case. “I hope she, along with the Fort Bend County community, realize that crime doesn’t pay.”
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