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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Waggaman Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $208,000 from Employer

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DELORES TROUILLET, age 58, of Waggaman, pled guilty today to wire fraud for embezzling over $200,000 from her employer.

According to court documents, from 1999 to 2014 TROUILLET was employed by a carpet, flooring, and drapery sales and installation company (“Company A”) headquartered in Gretna, where she served as a bookkeeper.  In her capacity as bookkeeper, TROUILLET was responsible for overseeing the company’s finances and accounts.  TROUILLET had access to Company A’s bank accounts, including the ability to conduct wire transfers from Company A’s bank accounts.

Using her access to the company’s accounts, TROUILLET stole money from Company A in five different ways, including generating checks drawing on Company A’s bank accounts to pay her personal expenses.  To make the payments appear legitimate, TROUILLET listed in Company A’s internal records checks she made out to herself and deposited into her personal bank account as being made payable to entities with whom Company A engaged in business or frequently paid funds, such as “State Farm Insurance” and “IRS.”  TROUILLET also paid for her personal daily expenses using Company A’s corporate credit and debit cards.  Further, TROUILLET added money to her biweekly payroll in excess of her agreed upon salary.  In total, TROUILLET embezzled approximately $208,082.03 from Company A.

TROUILLET faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $250,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any person.  U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for August 20, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Secret Service and investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for investigating this matter.   Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.

Delores Trouillet Factual Basis (180.78 KB)

Updated September 2, 2015