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CPA Allegedly Stole $200K from Booster Club

A CPA, who is the president of a Charlotte, N.C., high school booster club and his wife have been accused of stealing $200,000 from the group. The CPA, Anthony Sharper, has  also been indicted for allegedly fraudulently obtaining $236,000 in PPP loans to cover up the theft.

 If he were convicted on all charges, the CPA, Anthony Sharper, would face a maximum of more than 100 years in prizon. 

The couple, Anthony Sharper, 39, and Deana Sharper, 45, both of Charlotte were accused of embezzlement by wiring club funds directly to their personal bank account and using club debit cards and accredit cards to pay for their own expenditures

The indictment also accuses Sharper of committing tax fraud by failing to report the embezzled funds on the couple’s joint 2018 and 2018.

Anthony Sharper was accused for submitting three applications for COVID-19 aid, including two PPP loan applications, one in the name of the booster club and one in the name of his accounting firm, along with an Economic Injury Disaster Loan for his CPA firm.

The indictment alleges all three applications included false statements about information such as payroll and employment data. Anthony Sharper obtained more than $236,000 in loan proceeds which he used for personal expenditure and to cover up the theft.

Both Sharpers were charged with wire fraud, with a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Anthony Sharper faces the following charges and maximum penalties: two counts of making false statements to a financial institution, 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine per count; making a false statement to SBA; 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine; two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property, 10 years and a $500,000 fine per count; and two counts of filing a false tax return, three years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count.

The couple also face the possible forfeiture of all property, currency and monetary instruments involved in the alleged offenses and the possible forfeiture of $436,000 for reimbursing the crimes’ victims.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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