A former bookkeeper from New York City who masterminded an acid attack on a nonprofit director in Long Island City in an attempt to cover up stealing from the organization will spend years in prison, prosecutors say.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Wednesday that the former bookkeeper was sentenced to 17 years in prison for stealing more than $750,000 in funds from a nonprofit between 2013 and 2015 and splashing the center’s director with acid to cover up the theft.
“The defendant used her position to steal thousands of dollars in funding from a non-profit that helped society’s most vulnerable individuals," Brown said.
Working with another individual, Kim Williams, 49, inflicted bodily harm to the unsuspecting center's director, and in doing so, left her with life-altering injuries to her face and body, prosecutors say.
In December 2018, Willams, of the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, and her co-defendant, Jerry Mohammed, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.
According to the charges, between 2013 and 2015, while working as a bookkeeper, Williams stole more than of $750,000 from Hospital Audiences Inc., - a Long Island City-based nonprofit dedicated to providing arts programs to individuals with special needs.
Prosecutors say Williams kept $600,000 of the funds for herself and gave the $150,000 to a close friend.
Subsequently, Williams allegedly plotted the attack on the center’s executive director, Rev. D. Alexandra Dyer, who started asking questions about the whereabouts of the stolen funds.
According to the district attorney's office, on Aug.19, 2015, at Williams’ direction, Mohammed waited outside of the center’s Skillman Avenue location and when the victim exited the building, he threw a liquid substance on the woman - severely burning her face and other extremities.
The victim had to undergo numerous surgeries.
Mohammed is set to receive the same sentence as Williams on Wednesday.