San Antonio Man Sentenced to More than Three Years in Federal Prison for Embezzling $1.175M from Johnson City

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AUSTIN – A San Antonio man was sentenced last Friday to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,175,866.91 in restitution for embezzling that amount from the City of Johnson City, Texas.

According to court documents, while employed by the city, Anthony Michael Holland, 37, embezzled at least $1,175,866.91 from city accounts starting in 2015 and continuing until around September 2020. He concealed the embezzlement by falsifying city financial records and other documents. Holland used the money for his personal benefit, including purchasing a residence in San Antonio.

On December 15, 2021, Holland pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a state or local government that receives federal program funds. 

“Anthony Holland repeatedly betrayed the trust of the people of Johnson City by stealing from them over the course of six years while holding the positions of City Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.  “We are proud to have prosecuted this case in federal court and our office will continue to hold those that corrupt our local governments and harm our communities accountable for their actions.”

“The FBI is committed to ensuring those who choose to abuse their positions of trust will be held accountable,” said FBI San Antonio Division Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich Jr. “In this effort, one of our most important partners is the public, and we encourage honest citizens to continue to report corrupt activity to the FBI.”

The FBI, with invaluable assistance from the Johnson City Police Department, investigated the case. The United States Attorney’s Office also appreciates the cooperation of the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alan M. Buie, Robert Almonte and Mark Tindall prosecuted the case.

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