Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Michigan Embezzlement Trial Gets Underway
Jury selection has commenced in the trial of Hanan Dallo, 42, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, who is accused of embezzling more than $4.6 million from her employer, property manager Hartman & Tyner Inc., for whom she had worked as a bookkeeper for 20 years. According to prosecutors, Dallo conspired with Youssef "Joe" Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan, the owner of USA Construction and USA Holding, whereby Dallo would cause fraudulent invoices to be paid to Fakih's companies and she would get a kickback in return. Prosecutors believe she received at least $1 million from $4.6 million in fraudulent invoices during the scheme which lasted from 2000 until August 2007. Fakih is believed to have fled to Lebanon. Dallo, also known as "Hanna," faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted and more than $13 million in fines. The fraud was uncovered when management received an anonymous letter suggesting the two conspirators were romantically linked and involved in defrauding the company.