NEW ORLEANS BOOKKEEPER SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT
EILEEN ANDREWS, age 55, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Court Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to fifteen (15) months imprisonment after pleading guilty to embezzling from her former employer, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay $62,354 in restitution. Prior to sentencing, ANDREWS had repaid approximately $20,900 to her former employer.
According to court documents, ANDREWS worked as a bookkeeper for a residential leasing company based in New Orleans from 2006 until 2009. As bookkeeper, ANDREWS was responsible for paying the company’s bills and handling payroll matters. She also had access to the company’s financial records and accounts. Beginning in approximately May 2007, ANDREWS stole thousands of dollars a month from her employer by using company checks to obtain cash for herself and to pay for purchases she made at local businesses. ANDREWS also used company checks to pay down personal debt on her personal credit cards. ANDREWS mailed the checks from New Orleans to the payment center of her credit card company. In total, ANDREWS stole and used for her own benefits over $83,000 from her employer.
The case was investigated by the U. S. Secret Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.
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