Former DC Delta Sigma Theta director pleads guilty to embezzlement

Jeanine Henderson Arnett, the former executive director of Delta Sigma Theta, admitted her role in embezzling more than $150,000 from the sorority. Her husband also pleaded guilty.

A couple from Loudoun County, Virginia, face jail time after admitting to embezzling money from one of the most prominent historically black sororities in the country.

Jeanine Henderson Arnett, 43, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $150,000 from the DC-based sorority Delta Sigma Theta, which was founded in 1913 at Howard University. At the time, Arnett was the executive director of Delta Sigma Theta.

On Wednesday, her husband, 47-year-old Diallo Arnett, pleaded guilty to his role. Jeanine Henderson pleaded guilty on April 20.

The Loudoun County couple spent the money on items such as designer Coach handbags, rental cars, real estate, Amazon purchases and other expenses over a two-year period, from 2017 to 2019, federal prosecutors said. They also transferred $14,162.50 to their personal account.

“While Delta Sigma Theta and its members were committed to a mission of public service, the defendants were committed to a mission of personal benefit, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to use for their own pleasure,” said Channing Phillips, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, in a press release.

Arnett’s employment ended when the sorority discovered the embezzled money, leading to the criminal charges.

The Washington Post says she has since been expelled from the sorority.

The sentence for the two has been set for July 29. The bank fraud charge carries a legal penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 or twice the monetary gain or loss of the crime.

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