September 20, 2019

Accountants Behaving Badly: Update on Ex-Wife Basher, Bank Fraud Guilty Plea, Sexual Assault

Let’s see who in the accounting profession got into trouble with the law over the past week or so.

Asian accountant, 51, who smashed his ex-wife’s head against a car and called her a ‘bacon basher’ after she began dating a white man is ordered to pay her £150 compensation [Daily Mail]
Here’s an update to a story we included in Accountants Behaving Badly on May 27:

An Asian accountant who smashed his ex-wife’s head against a car and called her a ‘bacon basher’ when she started dating a white man has been spared jail and ordered to pay her £150 in compensation.

Syed Ahmad, 51, viciously assaulted former spouse of 21 years Perveen Ahmad, also 51, outside a David Lloyd centre in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.

He attacked the mother of his three children after she emerged from the gym to find her white Lexus had been sprayed with black graffiti.

As Mrs Ahmad called police to report the crime, Ahmad dragged her to the ground by her Louis Vuitton bag and started beating her, before slamming her into a nearby BMW, denting the bodywork.

Syed Ahmad

Ahmad was convicted of assault by beating and criminal damage at an earlier hearing.

Along with the compensation, he was also banned from contacting his ex-wife as part of a 12-month restraining order.

He was also ordered to pay £818.32 to the BMW owner plus £735 in costs and surcharges.

Former accountant pleads guilty to bank fraud, faces up to 90 years in jail [The Herald-Dispatch]
In last week’s ABB, we told you that Kimberly Price was expected to enter a guilty plea June 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Huntington for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a client’s account. And that’s exactly what happened:

A Huntington accountant pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to three counts of bank fraud by embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a client’s account, according to the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Kimberly Dawn Price, also known at Kimberly Swann, 60, faces a maximum of 90 years in jail and a $3 million fine when she is sentenced on Sept. 9.

Kimberly Price

Price faced an indictment of 28 counts of bank fraud allegedly committed during her time as a staff accountant at the Huntington-based firm Hess, Stewart and Campbell PLLC, which has since denounced its former employee.

Price was originally arrested in January 2016 and charged with more than 900 counts of embezzlement, forgery, and uttering in Cabell County after the executor in charge of the trust for Elizabeth Caldwell, a Huntington woman who died in the fall of 2015, went to the West Virginia State Police after noticing the account was lower than expected.

According to a criminal complaint, Price “paid off (a) vehicle, went on trips, helped her son start a business, paid off her (son’s) student loans, supported her boyfriend and supported her gambling habit.”

Ex-Milwaukee County supervisor Johnny Thomas charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, disorderly conduct [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Johnny Thomas, an accountant at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Milwaukee and a former Milwaukee County supervisor, who was cleared of bribery charges in a high-profile 2012 trial, is now accused of touching the breasts of one co-worker and exposing the breasts of another in separate incidents earlier this year.

Thomas is accused of touching the breasts of a coworker without consent while the two were having lunch at the veteran affairs’ office on March 11. The coworker said she did not inform her supervisor “for fear of a fight at her workplace,” according to the two-page complaint.

The second woman said she was having a conversation with Thomas in a hallway at the office when he asked, “Did you wear that dress for me?” He then unzipped her dress a couple of inches, exposing her chest while he rubbed against her breasts, the complaint said. The woman said she immediately contacted her supervisor.

Johnny Thomas

On the fourth-degree sexual assault charge, Thomas faces up to a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail. The disorderly conduct charge carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

Bail hiked in assault case after defendant failed to appear in court [Daily Local News]
John Michael Swirsding, a CPA in Easttown Township, PA, who allegedly proclaimed that he was going to teach his girlfriend a lesson while choking her in their bedroom, had his bail raised on June 20 from $30,000 unsecured to $100,000 cash, after he failed to appear for trial June 17 on the criminal charges against him stemming from the alleged domestic assault at his Easttown home.

John M. Swirsding

Swirsding told the judge he had been forced to help his elderly parents move from their Pennsylvania home to Florida over the weekend after their house was sold last week and the plans for a new home they had put a bid in on fell through.

Swirsding, 48, was arrested on May 3, 2018, after officers were called to his home around 1 a.m. for the report of a domestic disturbance. The 911 dispatcher told officers that they could hear sounds of things being broken in the background, and yelling and screaming coming over the phone during the emergency call.

Officers said they found Swirsding sitting on top of a woman, holding her down on a bed while she screamed.

The woman, who was identified as Swirsding’s girlfriend but not named in the complaint, said she had been in bed when he attacked her, grabbing her by the neck and choking her. She said she could not breathe and thought Swirsding was going to kill her. During the attack, she said Swirsding told her multiple time that she was “getting a lesson this time.”

He was charged with strangulation, simple assault, terroristic threats, and related charges.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Swirsding is currently a managing director at financial consulting firm CFGI. He previously was a partner for several years at ParenteBeard, which merged with Baker Tilly in October 2014. He also used to work at EY.

Prison time, restitution for accountant who stole thousands from Club for Boys [Rapid City Journal]
Olivia Kuehner, former accounting manager of the Rapid City Club for Boys, is heading to federal prison and will pay $235,159 in restitution after stealing from the nonprofit and a Rapid City business.

She was sentenced on June 20 to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. The first two crimes have maximum prison sentences of 20 years, while tax evasion has a five-year maximum.

Kuehner will have to pay $180,861 in restitution to the Club for Boys and Collins Siding and $54,298 in restitution to the IRS.

Kuehner embezzled $121,642 from the Club for Boys from September 2012—just one month after she was hired—until May 2017. She covered her actions by not listing the payments in accounting records, or saying the payments went to employees or vendors when they really went to herself, husband, son, and a business.

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