Former United Way of Central Arkansas Director Samantha Huseas-Pierce pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card, stemming from unauthorized expenditures during her time as director.
Huseas-Pierce was sentenced to 96 months probation and a $5,000 fine and must pay $15,000 in restitution after accepting a plea agreement from the prosecuting attorney.
The losses to the United Way of Faulkner County were covered and previously paid by insurance. The restitution will be paid to the insurance company.
“We’re comfortable with how the case was handled by the prosecuting attorney and the courts,” United Way of Faulkner County board chairwoman Andrea Woods said.
Huseas-Pierce was arrested in February and charged with forgery and credit card fraud, both class-C felonies. She pled guilty to forging a check from the United Way’s account and using a United Way credit card for personal use.
United Way directors ordered an audit on Oct. 1, 2009, after they discovered unauthorized or undocumented expenditures during Huseas-Pierce’s term as director.
The board accepted the findings of Little Rock CPA firm Hudson, Cisne and Co. LLP. on Dec. 1 and turned the information over to the Conway Police Department. The findings from the CPD investigation were turned over to the prosecutor’s office on Dec. 31. 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden filed charges in February.
Huseas-Pierce resigned as the director of the United Way of Faulkner County in September.
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