Ex-girlfriend of former Prince George's schools superintendent sentenced
Florida woman failed to report commission from county deal
The ex-girlfriend of former Prince George's County schools superintendent Andre J. Hornsby was sentenced to 12 months probation, 200 hours of community service and $5,200 in restitution for failure to report to the IRS her sales commission from a contract with the school system, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Sienna R. Owens, 30, of Miami Beach, Fla., worked for LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. during the time Hornsby served as schools superintendent from 2003 until 2005. In 2004, when she was living with Hornsby, she negotiated a deal to place LeapFrog contracts in a summer school program in the county school system.
Although another LeapFrog sales representative was in charge of Maryland sales and would have received the commission, Owens orchestrated the deal herself and insisted the Maryland representative give her a portion of the commission, according to the release.
Owens received $20,000 from the sale — giving half of that to Hornsby — and did not report it on her taxes. Owens pleaded guilty in November 2006 to a felony tax charge.
Hornsby, 55, was convicted in July of wire fraud, witness and evidence tampering, and obstruction of justice in connection with LeapFrog and other business deals. He is serving a six-year prison sentence. A mistrial was declared in Hornsby's initial trial in November 2007 because the jury could not reach a consensus.
U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte, who also presided over both of Hornsby's trials, sentenced Owens on Friday. "The prosecution of individuals who intentionally conceal income is a vital element in maintaining public confidence in our tax system," C. Andre Martin of the Internal Revenue Service said in a statement. "We should not expect the honest taxpayer to foot the bill for those who hide income from the IRS."
Owens' attorney, William Brennan of Greenbelt-based law firm Brennan, Sullivan and McKenna, said the sentence was fair.
"The judge was very fair and reasonable under all of the circumstances of the case," Brennan said.