A federal grand jury returned a 16-count superseding indictment Thursday against Sherrill V. Hanson, 61, of Big Pine.
The original indictment charged Hanson with 14 counts of wire fraud, and the superseding indictment added two new counts of willfully failing to file a tax return.
According to court documents, while employed as the accountant and office manager for Sanderson Health Care Services and Sanderson Assisted In-Home Care in Ridgecrest, Hanson embezzled money from the companies by various means, including paying her own credit card bills, withdrawing cash, and paying money to and on behalf of various family members. The superseding indictment alleges that she failed to file a federal income tax return in 2006 and in 2007, despite having sufficient income to be required to do so.
If convicted, Hanson faces a maximum statutory penalty for each count of wire fraud of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for each count of willfully failing to file a tax return is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.