A former Maryland National Guard employee has pleaded guilty to fraud after allegedly using a corporate credit card for gifts and personal purchases, causing more than $107,000 in losses to an Aberdeen Proving Ground youth program.
Lynn Carol Williams, 56, of Middle River, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme that caused losses to the Freestate Challenge Academy, a National Guard program on APG, according to a news release from the United States Department of Justice.
Williams worked as an administrative aid for the academy, which trained youth at Aberdeen Proving Ground, from Oct. 2007 through Feb. 2011, according to her plea agreement.
She admitted that from Feb. 2008 through Oct. 2010, she used a corporate credit card—assigned to her for the purpose of making purchases for the academy—to buy gifts and personal items online, according to the release.
The release stated that Williams paid for two airline tickets to Los Angeles with six gift cards purchased via the corporate card on May 18, 2010. The release stated that she concealed the purchases by creating false receipts, suggesting the purchases were for program-related supplies.
Williams could face up to 20 years in prison for charges relating to wire fraud. Sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett is scheduled for 3 p.m. on May 6.