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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

East Windsor Woman Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison For Defrauding Mass Mutual, Other Employers


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THERESA SUTHERLAND, 34, of East Windsor, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for engaging in a fraud and identity theft scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, SUTHERLAND was employed by Mass Mutual Financial Group as a claims examiner in the company’s Enfield office.  Mass Mutual offers full-time employees up to $8,500 in college tuition reimbursement and up to $5,000 reimbursement for the expenses associated with the adoption of a child.  SUTHERLAND and other Mass Mutual employees defrauded the company by submitting numerous fraudulent claims for tuition reimbursement and adoption expenses.  In association with the fraudulent claims for adoption expenses, SUTHERLAND and her co-conspirators submitted birth certificates and Social Security numbers of actual children who were not their own.

SUTHERLAND and her co-conspirators received approximately $240,000 in fraudulent reimbursements during the conspiracy, and SUTHERLAND specifically received more than $75,000.

The investigation revealed that SUTHERLAND defrauded three other employers in addition to Mass Mutual.  Judge Covello ordered her to pay total restitution of $400,000 to Mass Mutual and these former employers.

On November 19, 2013, SUTHERLAND pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Four other former employees of Mass Mutual were charged as a result of this investigation.

This investigation is being conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, including the Connecticut State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
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