Birmingham Man, Devonte Lemond Hammonds Pleads Guilty for Fraud on Fallen Huntsville Police Officer’s Memorial Fund
BIRMINGHAM, AL (STL.News) A Birmingham man pleaded guilty to fraud on customers of the U.S. Postal Service, and fraud on the memorial fund set up to provide aid to the family of a fallen Huntsville Police officer, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, U.S. Postal Inspector In Charge, Houston Division, Adrian Gonzalez, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.
DEVONTE LEMOND HAMMONDS, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of wire fraud. In December 2019, Hammonds devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain money from the Billy Clardy Memorial Fund. Billy Clardy was a Huntsville Police officer killed in the line of duty in 2019. After Officer Clardy’s death, a memorial fund was established to collect contributions and provide aid to his family.
According to the plea agreement, Hammonds used the identity of another person to open a bank account and transfer funds from the Billy Clardy Memorial Fund bank account to the fictitious account for his own use. Hammonds also devised a scheme to defraud customers of the U.S.