Monday, June 22, 2009

Florida Man Pleads Guilty To $900K Expense Fraud Scheme

Robert Gonzalez, 36, of Lake Mary, Florida, has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $900,000 from Comstock Images Inc. of Mountainside, New Jersey, where he had been employed as the head of information technology. Specifically, Gonzalez plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and two counts of tax evasion. According to prosecutors, Gonzalez schemed with the company's former CFO, Geraldine Manuel, of Westwood, New Jersey, in a phony expense report scheme. Manuel has been separately indicted. Gonzalez used the company credit card on numerous occasions to make personal purchases of everything from electronics to furniture to vacations, which were then reimbursed by the company. The two split the proceeds. The thefts started in 2002 and went on until 2004.

Read the story here and here.

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