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April 19, 2010

FORMER NRG ENERGY INC. EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Dorothy J. Samuel-Harris, 43, of Sugar Land, Texas, has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. She pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge David Hittner.

In her guilty plea, Samuel-Harris admitted that while employed at NRG Energy Inc. in Houston, she submitted an e-mail from her computer on April 17, 2008, to another NRG employee in New Jersey to change the bank account information for a vendor of NRG to a bank account owned by Samuel-Harris. This caused NRG to send payments intended for that vendor to Samuel-Harris’ bank account instead. Samuel-Harris also admitted to changing the bank account information for another NRG vendor so that payments from NRG intended for that vendor also went into her bank account. NRG lost $674,332.26 as a result of her actions.

A conviction for wire fraud carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Samuel-Harris has been on bond and will be permitted to remain as such until her sentencing, currently set for July 20, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. before Judge Hittner.

The case was investigated by the Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Braddock.

 

 

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