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Queens Chronicle

Guilty in Home Depot scam

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.

A Queens Village man pleaded guilty in Nassau County on Tuesday to charges stemming from the theft of money from Home Depot’s employee donation-matching program.

Alfred Williams, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree grand larceny for allegedly collecting fraudulent donations said to be for a church he controlled in the amount of more than $111,000.

“By using the good will of a charity foundation and the name of a religious organization, Mr. Williams took advantage of the charitable spirit of good people for his personal financial gain,” Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

Williams had been an employee of Home Depot since 1991 and worked in its Elmont store since 1997. He is pastor of Faith Without Walls International Ministries, which operated out of his home.

Between 2009 and 2012, Williams used the Home Depot Foundation — which matches donations made by employees to approved charities and nonprofits — to report more than 40 donations falsely attributed to his co-workers.

He faces 1 to 3 years in prison.

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