Ex-Hilton Employee Sentenced For Fraud
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Carlota Rosas (45) to a term of 34 months’ imprisonment (17 months in federal prison followed by 17 months of home confinement) for wire fraud. The court also ordered Rosas to pay restitution in the amount of $345,071.00 to Hilton Grand Vacation Club (HGV). Rosas pleaded guilty to the charge on May 16, 2012.
According to court documents, from March 2009 through December 2011, Rosas was employed by HGV as a Senior Sales Associate in Orlando. HGV is part of Hilton Worldwide and was in the business of developing, marketing and selling timeshare properties through its Direct Sales Department (Direct Sales). HGV operated a program called “Sales Persons Incentive For Fun” (SPIFF) which provided Direct Sales employees with pre-paid debit cards. When employees left HGV, Rosas took possession of their debit cards and altered their pin numbers. Rosas changed the former employee's billing addresses so that debit card statements would be sent to her home address. Rosas made hundreds of on-line transfer payments from HGV's bank accounts to numerous debit cards which she then used to make personal expenditures.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel W. Eckhart.