Virginia Beach Man Sentenced for Embezzling over $250,000 from Employer
NORFOLK, Va. - Steven Chasmar, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today to 56 months in prison for a wire fraud scheme in which he embezzled over $250,000 from his employer. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia made the announcement after Roberts’ was sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Roberts previously plead guilty on April 26, 2010.
According to court documents, Chasmar was employed in the accounting department of Caliper, Incorporated, a staffing company located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While employed there, he hatched a plot by which he could defraud Caliper out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Beginning in February 2007, Chasmar began making false entries into the Caliper payroll system to make it appear that their temporary employees were working additional hours. Chasmar would then access the payroll records of these temporary employees and change their banking information to his own. He completed the fraud by accessing Caliper’s computer system and instructing it to issue direct deposit payments for the fictional hours he created. The payments went directly to Chasmar’s bank account. Once he completed the fraud, Chasmar would restore the temporary employees’ pay records in an effort to conceal his crime.
The court documents also allege that in other instances Chasmar would conduct the scheme and have payroll checks issued to him. Chasmar then deposited these checks in his own bank accounts. The court records state that Chasmar caused 216 fraudulent direct deposits into two of his bank accounts, and had another 119 fraudulent payroll checks issued which he also deposited into his bank accounts. The total amount Chasmar embezzled from Caliper was $265,613.36.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and Assistant United States Attorney Joseph L. Kosky prosecuted the case for the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.