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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hollister Woman Sentenced To Prison For Embezzlement Scheme

SAN JOSE – Briana Irene Roy was sentenced today to nine months in prison, and ordered to pay $197,240.95 in restitution for wire fraud stemming from an employee embezzlement scheme, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Cristina Beloud.

Roy pleaded guilty on May 29, 2014, to one count of wire fraud. According to the plea agreement, Roy admitted that between March 2010 and February 2013, while she had been employed in the marketing division of a local engineering company based in San Jose, Calif., she devised and implemented a scheme whereby she used a company credit card issued in the name of one of the company’s executives on approximately 80 separate occasions to make charges to her personal PayPal account for her personal benefit. Roy further admitted that she attempted to conceal these activities by generating fake invoices and receipts for products and services in the name of another San Jose business. Through this fraudulent scheme, Roy admitted that she stole or attempted to steal funds to which she was not entitled in the amount of $247,387.45.

Roy, 38, of Hollister, Calif., had previously waived Indictment and was charged by a felony Information on Dec. 13, 2013. She was charged with one count of wire fraud in violation of Title 18 United States Code § 1343. Roy pleaded guilty to the single count and agreed to pay restitution for the full amount of the loss. Roy is currently released on bond. Bail was set previously at $50,000.

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, Senior United States District Court Judge. Judge Jensen also sentenced the defendant to a three-year period of supervised release. The defendant will begin serving the sentence on or before Feb. 25, 2015.

Amie Rooney is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Tracey Andersen. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.

(Roy information )



Updated November 18, 2014