Former social services worker lies to FBI about obtaining title to vehicle

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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.

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