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Acid Attack on Nonprofit Director Part of $750K Cover Up Theft: Queens DA

By Kathleen Culliton | April 5, 2016 3:38pm

SUNNYSIDE — The director of a Queens nonprofit disfigured last year when someone threw acid in her face was attacked as part of an attempt to cover up a $750,000 embezzlement scheme, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.

Kim Williams, 47, was arrested Tuesday on charges of orchestrating a horrifying attack on Hospital Audiences, Inc. executive director Rev. D Alexandra Dyer last August as part of an attempt to conceal her three-year theft from the organization, police and prosecutors said.

Williams, an accountant at the Long Island City nonprofit, siphoned off more than $600,000 for herself and $150,000 for her accomplice, Pia Louallen, 41, between 2012 and 2015, prosecutors said.

She then conspired with Jerry Mohammed, 32 to cover up the three-year embezzlement scheme, prosecutors and police said.

Mohammed waited outside Dyer's office at 33-02 Skillman Ave. on August 19, 2015, then when Dyer approached her car, Mohammed threw a caustic substance in her face that burned her so badly she required multiple surgeries, prosecutors said.

Williams was arrested Tuesday at a rest stop in New Jersey and is being held in Camden County awaiting an extradition hearing, prosecutors said.

She was indicted on assault, grand larceny and conspiracy, Louallen was indicted on grand larceny and Mohammed was indicted on assault, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the 65-count indictment. Louallen and Williams are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Queens Supreme Court.

If convicted, Williams and Mohammed could serve up to 25 years in prison. Louallen could serve 15 years. 

Representatives from Hospital Audiences, Inc. declined to comment on the indictment. 

“In an atmosphere of such giving, it is disheartening to see an individual allegedly use her position of fiduciary trust to siphon off tens of thousands of dollars in funds for the personal use of herself and another,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in statement.