Monday, May 30, 2016

Former Finance Director at U Miami Pleads Guilty in $2.3 Million Embezzlement Scheme

From the Associated Press on 5/29/2016:

A former finance director at a University of Miami science school faces prison time after pleading guilty to tax evasion in a $2.3 million embezzlement scheme.

Sentencing is set for August in Miami federal court for 58-year-old Kimberly Jean Miller, who faces up to five years behind bars on each of four tax evasion counts.

Miller was finance director at the university's Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science from 2002 to 2012. Court documents show she used her authority to embezzle $2.3 million by falsifying vendor invoices so that checks could be deposited in a business bank account she controlled.

Prosecutors say Miller did not report the money on income tax returns between 2008 and 2011 and now owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $329,000 in back taxes.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Former Hospital Employee Accused Of Embezzling Nearly $100K From Seattle Children's

From KING5 on 5/25/2016:

A former employee at Seattle Children's is facing theft charges, accused of embezzling nearly $100,000 from the hospital.  Prosecutors say the money was used to build a Hindu temple.
As first reported in the Seattle PI, Bram Deo has admitted to the embezzlement and resigned in August of 2015 when confronted by his employer.

Court documents say he spent more than a decade working in the accounting department at Seattle Children's.  It was in 2011 and 2012 when he allegedly stole $96,250 from the hospital.

As for what he was doing with the money, investigators say Deo also served as treasurer for a Hindu temple on Des Moines Memorial Drive in Seattle.

According to court documents, he reportedly used the money to pay for construction at the temple, and told the contractor doing the work it was an authorized donation from Seattle Children's.
Deo was charged just last week, with five counts of theft in the first degree.

A spokesperson for Seattle Children's told KING 5 that the hospital discovered the theft during an internal investigation in 2015.  The hospital then reported the theft to the Seattle Police Department.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Former Fire District Administrator In Arizona Indicted For Allegedly Embezzling Nearly $1.8 Million

From the Associated Press on 5/11/2016:

Authorities say a woman who oversaw finances for the former Show Low Fire District embezzled nearly $1.8 million over several years.

A Navajo County grand jury recently indicted Natalie Cluff on multiple felony charges. She’s scheduled for an arraignment Monday.

Her father, former Show Low Fire District Chief Ben Owens Sr., also is accused of financial crimes.
The charges came after the state auditor general’s office looked into the district’s finances. The report released Tuesday found that Cluff unlawfully issued hundreds of checks between February 2005 and June 2012 and submitted fake audits.

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