A former social worker has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, according to U.S. Attorney James Kennedy’s office.
Officials say FBI agents were interviewing 48-year-old Rhonda Henderson of Buffalo in June of 2014 when she said the title to a 1999 Honda two-door sedan had been mailed to her address.
The vehicle actually belonged to a disabled individual who Henderson met through her employment at a local social services agency.
Investigators were looking into mail fraud and to see if Henderson engaged in a scheme to defraud the victim of her vehicle by fraudulently obtaining a duplicate title.
The FBI says Henderson told agents that:
- She did not take the title to the 1999 Honda Accord from Victim A without Victim A’s authorization.
- She had Victim A’s permission to forge Victim A’s name on the DMV form “Transfer of Vehicle Registered in Name of Deceased Person” dated December 13, 2013.
- Her supervisor at the agency knew of her dealings related to the December 13, 2013, vehicle transaction; knowing that each statement was in fact false.
Henderson faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 10 at 9:30 a.m.