Ashburn Woman Sentenced in Embezzlement Case

Dorothea Lassiter, 45, of Ashburn, was sentenced today in Federal District Court to serve 18 months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee also ordered her to pay restitution of more than $258,000.

According to court documents, Lassiter was an accountant for a transportation logistics company in Chantilly that provided home and business delivery services. From at least July 2011 through December 2015, Lassiter and a co-employee in the company’s claims department, Okai Quashie-Idun, engaged in an embezzlement scheme that included five other co-conspirators who were non-employees. With Lassiter’s assistance, Idun created false property damage claims and then forwarded the fictitious claims to Lassiter, who would create a corresponding account payable, generate checks for each false claim, and remit the checks to the payees who agreed to deposit or cash the checks. Typically, a large portion of the embezzled funds were deposited into Lassiter’s bank account and she would then provide a portion of the funds to Idun.

Lassiter pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 7.

Idun pleaded guilty on Sept. 13, and one of the payees, Denise (“Dennis”) Crawford, pleaded guilty on Oct. 25. Idun and Crawford are awaiting sentencing

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