Barbara Chalmers is a 74-year-old woman
who, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), admitted to a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas that she was wrong for using her bookkeeping skills to steal over $29 million of her employer’s money in order to fund her construction business and to live the lifestyle her employers are accustom to living.
The employer who Chalmers stole north of $29 million from was the family of the late Congressman James M. Collins (R-TX)
. Bloomberg’s Madlin Mekelburg reported
that it was last year, after the death of the family’s matriarch Dorothy Dann Collins Torbert, when the family found out about Chalmers dipping her hand in the cookie jar too many times.
Knowing how ol’ folks are, Mrs. Torbert didn’t think someone who had been with she and her family for quite a while would steal from them. Therefore, Mrs. Torbert didn’t do what her children did which was to go over the books that the bookkeeper was keeping. Mrs. Torbert’s children
looked over the books and saw that Chalmers had spent the two years before their mother’s death signing her name, Chalmers name that is, to checks that added up to almost $6 million.
According to the
Department of Justice (DOJ)
, the stealing began in 2012 and ended after Chalmers got caught. The majority of the money, $25 million that is, went towards the funding of her construction business.
Guess what the name of her construction business is! Go ahead,
guess!...It’s W.O.E. Construction, Inc. W.O.E is woe. Now, what would make
that woman name her construction company after the very thing she brought
upon the Collins family?!
It’s as if she sat down and said to herself, “Woe is what I’ma name my business because that’s what I bring! I bring the woe!”
Welp, now, she got the woe. At the ripe young, old age of 74,
Chalmers is facing a 10-year prison sentence
in a facility unlike the one Julie Chrisley will be rooming and boarding at. Oh yeah, Chalmers will also have to pay hefty fines!
She’s going to have to sell her cars, homes, and business!
Oh well, sucks for her!