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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Executive Assistant Sentenced for Stealing Over $150,000 from Employer

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Diane Jensen, age 54, of Frederick, Maryland today to 15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle at least $151,026.36 from her employer. Judge Messitte also entered an order that Jensen forfeit and pay restitution of $151,026.36.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

According to her plea agreement, from 2008 to 2012, Jensen was the executive assistant to the chief executive officer (CEO) of a company headquartered in Montgomery County, Maryland. During that time, Jensen, without authorization, would use an American Express card linked to the CEO’s American Express account to purchase expensive items and Green Dot Moneypaks for her personal use.  She then obtained reimbursement for those personal purchases from the company, claiming they were legitimate purchases for the CEO or the CEO’s family members.  Jensen purported to authorize the expenditures using the CEO’s signature stamp.  Jensen also stole tens of thousands of dollars from one of the CEO’s bank accounts to which she had access. 

Jensen admitted that the total amount of loss resulting from her conduct was at least $151,026.36. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas P. Windom and David I. Salem, who prosecuted the case.

Financial Fraud
Updated January 21, 2016