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Waggaman Woman Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Embezzling $208,000 from Local Employer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DELORES TROUILLET, age 59, of Waggaman, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to wire fraud for embezzling over $200,000 from her employer.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced TROUILLET to serve one year and one day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Additionally, TROUILLET was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $208,082.03 to the victim.

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.

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

Updated October 29, 2015

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