VANESSA VENCE-SMALL, 50, sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment for Embezzling $1.1 Million from an Auto Dealership
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
DARIEN, CONNECTICUT - U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer sentenced Vanessa Vence-Small, 50, of New Windsor, New York on November 28, 2018 to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling over $1.1 million from Felix F. Callari, Inc., doing business as Continental BMW , an automobile dealership. Vence-Small was the controller of Continental BMW, and made 65 unauthorized electronic fund transfers, totaling $904,659.29, from the dealership’s bank account to her personal American Express account. She also issued and signed 28 checks drawn on the dealership’s bank account, in the total amount of $207,777.78. Furthermore, she made an additional $31,452.08 in unauthorized credit card charges and reimbursements.
Judge Meyer ordered Vence-Small to pay full restitution. She has made approximately $200,000 in restitution payments to date. On February 22, 2018, Vence-Small pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Vence-Small, who is released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on February 4, 2019. This matter was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Darien Police Department and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.
Shawn W. Anderson
Jessica K. Mattingly
Roy Albert Andrade