In October, a Texas woman was sentenced to prison for embezzling nearly $1 million via wire fraud. The 46-year-old woman had previously entered guilty pleas in December 2019 for charges accusing her of a white-collar crime by diverting corporate money via false payments to people she listed as active workers.
Simple plan gone awry
The woman pleaded guilty to using the names of former employees to issue payroll checks from a San Antonio firm that owns several fast food restaurants in Texas. The Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Wendy’s franchises lost nearly $1 million when the woman wrote checks in the names of former employees and then deposited the checks into bank accounts that she controlled.
Botched effort to hide the fraud
The woman reportedly thought she could cover her tracks by simply deleting all records of the payroll checks made to the former workers. The electronic trail led directly to bank accounts with very clear records of the transactions, including photocopies of payroll checks. Those accounts led authorities to the account owner, who earned a federal prison sentence of 45 months for her illegal actions.
The woman must do more than serve nearly four years in federal prison: She also must repay $973,760.98 that she embezzled from her employer, MUY! Companies LLC. Once out of federal prison, she still must complete a year of supervised release.
Legal help for those accused of similar acts
Fraud can lead to lengthy prison sentences when the perpetrator is convicted. If a person is accused of a white-collar crime like fraud or embezzlement in Texas, an attorney experienced in criminal defense may work to help the defendant obtain the most favorable result possible.