Dec. 9, 2009
FORMER NRG ENERGY INC. EMPLOYEE INDICTED ON CHARGES OF WIRE FRAUD
(HOUSTON) - Dorothy J. Samuel-Harris, aka Dorothy J. Samuel and Dorothy J. Harris, of Sugar Land, Texas, has been indicted for wire fraud, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. The indictment, returned under seal Dec. 3, 2009, was unsealed yesterday as she made her initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy.
The charges arise from a fraud allegedly committed by Samuel-Harris, 43, while employed at NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) in 2007 and 2008 in the accounts payable department. The indictment alleges Samuel-Harris submitted e-mails to change the bank account information for certain vendors of NRG to bank accounts owned by Samuel-Harris, causing NRG to send payments intended for these vendors to Samuel-Harris’ bank accounts. The indictment also contains a notice of criminal forfeiture, which seeks the forfeiture of $674,332.26.
Samuel-Harris was released on bond. If convicted of the charge, Harris faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Braddock.An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct and is not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
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