An Ardmore woman has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for stealing $394,000 worth of checks from her employer.

Nov 21, 2022 | News & Tips

An Ardmore woman has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for stealing $394,000 worth of checks from her employer.

An Ardmore woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $400,000 from her company’s checking account by creating fake invoices. The woman used the money to support a “lavish lifestyle,” including vacation trips and cosmetic surgery for buttock augmentation.

Thirty-year-old Tiarah Tiffany Brokenborough pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to felonious theft and dealing in firearm proceeds. She was an accountant at Hynes Roofing and Siding during the timeframe of the incidents that took place between October 2018 and March 2020.

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Given the severity of this situation, Brokenborough could face either a maximum sentence of 13½ to 27 years or a lesser sentence than may be allowed under state sentencing guidelines.

Frame promised to seek a state prison sentence against Brokenborough.

It’s impossible to know what happened between a gun owner and this elderly couple. But one thing is clear, the gun owner was an immature woman who spent her inheritance on traveling and body augmentation instead of saving it. These victims didn’t need the money anyway because they built their business out of a passion for roofing. What happened is unfortunate, but the gun owner is at fault and should be held accountable.

“In this case, we’re going to seek a state prison sentence because it’s so egregious to take someone’s retirement dreams and live an extravagant lifestyle,” Frame said.

Authorities allege that brokenborough used the credit card of their own company en route to spending over $394,000. Brokenborough was also caught purchasing airline tickets, restaurant meals, vacation expenses and rent, along with tickets to a Drake concert and professional sporting events. Additionally, she spent $5,865 on liposuction and buttock augmentation.

It started in March of 2020, when owners of a roofing company located along Sibley Avenue called the police to report its theft. This fake company was actually stealing money that was owed to the company. The owner’s accountant discovered this after they received a call from one of the credit card companies about a $59,000 balance.

The bank told detectives that the card had been canceled 18 months ago. This information came from the bank’s internal system, even though it also said it was paying for the balance through its Bryn Mawr Trust account, FBI agent Daniel Priestap later told reporters. The company officials initially said that they thought the card had been canceled 18 months earlier, but this would not have been true based on what the bank told investigators.

When all of this evidence came together, authorities were able to see that Brokenborough would take out credit cards from her family member’s accounts to spend them on casinos, nightclubs, concerts and other places. Many of the pictures captured in her iCloud account matched up with dates and locations of where she used the cards.

“Tiarah Brokenborough is responsible for $394,412.44 in fraudulent credit card use and theft,” said Sarama in the criminal complaint. “She used that trust to gain access to personal information and business accounts of the company’s owners. She was in a position of trust, so she used it to her advantage while they went into debt paying for things like fine dining, vacations, sports events and plastic surgery.”

District Attorney Kevin R. Steele announced the arrest of Brokenborough in November of 2020. The announcement says that Brokenborough breached the trust that was placed in him.

Steele said that this was an example of the ‘think-on-your-feet’ nature of business owners. “This story is a reminder that every business and non-profit needs to have checks on their treasurer. It’s the only way to ensure that your money is safe,” he said.

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