A Honolulu woman was arrested Tuesday after she was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on 311 counts, including identity theft, computer fraud, theft, and forgery.
According to the Honolulu prosecutor’s office, Tamila A. Alcoran, 49, was hired as the office manager of a landscaping company in 2008.
Prosecutors say she used the owner’s personal information to open fraudulent credit cards, and then charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise and services. She allegedly diverted funds from the company bank account to pay off those charges.
Prosecutors also claim she sold off stock through the owner’s online investment account, forged company checks, applied for about a dozen fraudulent loans, and created dummy corporations where she could funnel the stolen money.
In all, Alcoran allegedly stole $1.3 million from 2008-2014.
As a result, prosecutors say the owner’s credit was ruined, and he was sued by lenders when the fraudulent loans weren’t repaid.
“Today’s indictment represents one of the worst cases of embezzlement against a small business that’s been prosecuted in recent memory,” said prosecuting attorney Keith Kaneshiro.
If convicted, Alcoran faces 20 years in prison.
We spoke with Alcoran’s former boss on Wednesday. Greg Boyer of Greg Boyer Hawaiian Landscapes didn’t want to talk on camera, but told us he wants Alcoran to plead guilty to the charges against her.
Boyer says Alcoran forged 76 checks over the nine years she worked for them, and he has waited two years for the indictment.
Prosecutors say they are working to make sure the victims receive justice.
Deputy prosecutor Chris Van Marter told KHON2 the victim in this case is suffering long-lasting consequences from Alcoran’s alleged scheme.
Alcoran also had history of theft more than a decade ago.
Prosecutors say Alcoran also stole $40,000 from the youth soccer organization AYSO, when she became the treasurer for the Kaneohe region in 2003.
She forged seven checks over an 18-month period. She repaid the money and expressed remorse in the courtroom.
“When my father got sick, I panicked and I did the wrong thing, and I wish I could take it back,” Alcoran said during her sentencing in 2006.
In that case, a judge sentenced her to five years of probation and 300 hours of community service. She also had to pay nearly $6,000 in fines.
“I still have to live with this,” Alcoran said then. “I live in the community every day, and when I walk, I see how people look at me and I have deal with that, so it’s going to happen like that for the rest of my life.”
Just two years later, according to the prosecutor’s office, Alcoran began embezzling money again, this time on a far larger scale.
Van Marter, who prosecuted Alcoran’s 2006 case, says he’ll be seeking justice for the family whose life was turned upside down by the scheme.
“The crimes in this case nearly destroyed the victim who spent 40 years building up his architecture and landscape business. It completely destroyed his credit. All of his credit cards were canceled. He can’t get a credit card now,” Van Marter told KHON2. “She certainly is a danger to employers and especially employers who put her in a position of trust and access to money. She is extremely manipulative, very deceptive, and is a person who knows financial matters and technology issues very well.”
Van Marter says he and the president of AYSO believed Alcoran should have spent time behind bars back in 2006.
“We felt that would be appropriate to deter her from further large-scale financial crime, but to our disappointment, the court sentenced her to probation with no jail and within two years of being placed on probation, she is re-offending on a much, much larger scale in this case,” Van Marter added.