embezzlement

Credit Union Theft Investigation Leads Supervisor To Fess Up To Embezzling $437,000

Credit Union Theft Investigation Leads Supervisor To Fess Up To Embezzling $437,000

Crystal Ferreira, 27, has pled guilty and faces 30 years in jail

Armed robberies are often bad. But after the Columbus Credit Union in Providence was robbed, 27-year old supervisor Crystal Ferreira confessed her theft. Read More »

UMass Worker's Multimillion Dollar Scam Uncovered After His Death, School Says

UMass Worker's Multimillion Dollar Scam Uncovered After His Death, School Says

Scheme gets uncovered only after worker's fatal car crash.

Massachusetts Medicaid financial analyst Leo Villani died in Jan. after he crashed his car under the influence. Then he was accused of having stolen $3.4 million. Read More »

IRS Secretary Allegedly Embezzles $8,515 For Online Shopping Spree

The Internal Revenue Service is already on trial for applying special scrutiny to conservative groups' applications for tax exempt status. Now an individual IRS worker is facing a possible 10-year prison sentence for allegedly using her government credit card to go on shopping binges at Amazon. Yetunde... Read More »

Embezzlement Cases At A 5-Year High, Report Finds

Embezzlement Cases At A 5-Year High, Report Finds

Earlier this year, small-town treasurer Rita Crundwell was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for embezzling $53 million. It was a shocking case, given the size of the theft and the fact that the town, Dixon, Ill., only has 16,000 residents. But according to a stunning new report, embezzlement -- especially... Read More »

Accountant Allegedly Steals To Pay For Divorce, Breast Implants

Accountant Allegedly Steals To Pay For Divorce, Breast Implants

Steffani Lariscy apparently wanted a divorce -- and breast implants and new furniture too. So, according to authorities, the former accountant with a Florida camper sales outfit allegedly stole nearly $170,000 from her employer's coffers and financed these expenditures. Lariscy, 37, was arrested Thursday and... Read More »

Small-Town Comptroller Rita Crundwell Gets Nearly 20 Years For $53 Million Fraud

Small-Town Comptroller Rita Crundwell Gets Nearly 20 Years For $53 Million Fraud

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history. Rita Crundwell, who pleaded guilty to wire... Read More »

Alabama Mayor Mary Ella Hixon Stole $201,000, Serves No Time Because She's Old

Alabama Mayor Mary Ella Hixon Stole $201,000, Serves No Time Because She's Old

A 91-year-old woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades paid hush money in a bid to keep her crimes secret, documents showed. Prosecutors said River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft and resigned. In exchange,... Read More »

Stockbroker Joseph Tarnofsky Learns Carrying Debt Is A Career Killer

Stockbroker Joseph Tarnofsky Learns Carrying Debt Is A Career Killer

By Jill Krasny Slacking off isn't the only way to kiss your job goodbye. Carrying around boatloads of debt can do it too, as one stockbroker learned the hard way. Lawyer and Forbes.com blogger Bill Singer writes about Joseph Tarnofsky (pictured above), who never told his bosses (or the Financial Industry... Read More »

Peregrine CEO Wasendorf Pleads Guilty To $100 Million Fraud

Peregrine CEO Wasendorf Pleads Guilty To $100 Million Fraud

By Tom Polansek and Ryan Schlader Peregrine Financial Group's former Chief Executive Russell Wasendorf Sr. pleaded guilty on Monday to embezzling more than $100 million from customers of his futures brokerage, lying to regulators to cover his tracks, and mail fraud. Previously expected to be set free from... Read More »

Mass. Town Official Charged In $500,000 Theft While On Probation

Mass. Town Official Charged In $500,000 Theft While On Probation

Some people just don't learn the lesson the first time. A pension manager in Maynard, Mass., faces felony theft charges for the second time in just months. On Tuesday, Timothy McDaid (pictured, left) was charged with stealing $521,000 from the town's retirement fund -- a mere eight months after he pleaded... Read More »

NYC Health Aide Guilty Of Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Woman

NYC Health Aide Guilty Of Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Woman

There are few stories more heart-wrenching than those in which workers take advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. But the case involving 86-year-old Renee Fuld is particularly egregious because the New York City woman also is disabled. Fuld's aide, Jackie Pokuwaah, 52, was arrested last year for... Read More »

Small Town Treasurer Stole More Than $53 Million, Feds Claim

Small Town Treasurer Stole More Than $53 Million, Feds Claim

DIXON, Ill. -- The former financial officer for the small northern Illinois city of Dixon stole millions of dollars more than originally thought, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced plans to try to seize Rita Crundwell's trucks, boats, horses and even theunborn foals she owns. A federal grand... Read More »

Small Town Treasurer Arrested In Staggering $30 Million Theft

Small Town Treasurer Arrested In Staggering $30 Million Theft

As a champion horse breeder, Rita Crundwell was a familiar face in Dixon, Ill., a sleepy town of 15,000 where Crundwell also worked, managing the town's finances for about 30 years. But on Tuesday, federal authorities arrested the 58-year-old civil servant, accusing her of stealing $30 million in taxpayer... Read More »

Ex-SF Giants Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

Ex-SF Giants Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

A former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after she admitted to embezzling $2.2 million. Read More »

Bank Teller Charged With Embezzling $58,000, Says She Is Extortion Victim

Bank Teller Charged With Embezzling $58,000, Says She Is Extortion Victim

A head teller at a Western Massachusetts credit union has been charged with embezzling $58,000 from her employer after police became suspicious of a story she told claiming that she was the victim of extortion. Felisa Kazimierczak reportedly told police that she received a note last week threatening her... Read More »

Nun Busted for Allegedly Embezzling Catholic College

Nun Busted for Allegedly Embezzling Catholic College

Sister Marie Thornton, 62, has been charged with embezzling $1.2 million from Roman Catholic Iona College in Westchester County, New York. Federal authorities contend that the nun, who served as vice president of finance at Iona, had submitted fake invoices and used a college credit card for personal reasons,... Read More »

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