Embezzlement discovered in the city of Amarillo

There are certain jobs that people have that give them access to many things that others cannot get. The city of Amarillo has quite a few of these types of jobs. Gaining access to financial programs is at the top of that list.

I can’t even imagine how much money is in the city system between all the programs they have. Millions of dollars, of course, and ways to move that money back and forth to where it needs to be.

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Unfortunately, there are people who feel they can get away with depriving themselves of a little something, and every now and then they are successful. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Amy Dixon.

Dixon recently pleaded guilty to one count of “conspiracy to embezzle funds from a federally funded program.” Any time someone embezzles from a company, it’s serious. However, if you do it from a city or federal program, you will really get into trouble.

According to court documents, Dixon embezzled as much as $465,511.65. The crazy thing about it is that it didn’t happen electronically, which is how most of these crimes end up happening.

Dixon was responsible for distributing HUD Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. She was responsible for handling the rental agreements between the landlords and also ensured that inspections were carried out. She collected everything in a Payment Voucher package.

It was in September 2020 that Dixon began creating fraudulent packages that she would use to embezzle the funds. She used a family member to create fictitious landlords and properties and pocket the money she got.

There we had approximately 223 fraudulent Payment Vouchers and 66 checks that went to fictitious landlords. There is no word yet on the punishment.

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