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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.

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