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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 25, 2018

Fresno Woman Sentenced to over 3 Years in Prison for Stealing More than $1.5 M from International Food Distribution Company

FRESNO, Calif. — Leslie Michelle Hays, 50, of Fresno, was sentenced today to three years and five months in prison for embezzling funds from her employer, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd ordered Hays to self-surrender on September 26, 2018, and to pay $1,632,093 in restitution.

According to court documents, Hays was the director of human resources from 2005 through 2014 at Borges USA, a food distribution company based in Spain with regional headquarters in Fresno. To embezzle funds from Borges USA, Hays misreported her salary, expenses, and vacation time to the company’s payroll processor, which then remitted the stolen funds to Hays’s bank account. In total, Hays stole more than $1.5 million in inflated salary payments and false expenses reimbursements from Borges USA.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant B. Rabenn prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 
1:16-cr-108-DAD
Updated June 25, 2018