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Former Cameron company office manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $91,000

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

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a former office manager of a Cameron company pleaded guilty last week to stealing more than $91,000 from her employer.

Belinda Miltenberger, 47, of Cameron, Louisiana, pleaded guilty June 13, 2018 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of wire fraud. According to the guilty plea’s factual basis, Miltenberger was the office manager for a seafood processing and wholesale company located in Cameron. Her supervisors were in Seattle, Washington. Starting in January 2016 until about February 2017, Miltenberger stole cash from seafood sales. Instead of depositing certain cash sales into the company’s bank account, she kept the money for personal use. She then falsified business records to cover her abuse. When the company became concerned about account balances, they asked Miltenberger to prepare an end-of-year financial statement. In response, she created fraudulent financial reports and sent them to her supervisors to continue to conceal her scheme. She embezzled a total of $91,846.25 during the course of the scheme.

Miltenberger faces up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for October 1, 2018.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Willis is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 20, 2018

Financial Fraud