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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Former Cameron company office manager sentenced to 1 year in prison for stealing more than $91,000

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a former office manager of a Cameron company was sentenced Monday to 12 months and one day in prison for stealing more than $91,000 from her employer. 

Belinda Miltenberger, 47, of Cameron, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of wire fraud. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $91,846 in restitution.

According to the June 13, 2018 guilty plea’s factual basis, Miltenberger was the office manager for Cameron Fisheries LLC, a seafood processing and wholesale company located in Cameron. Her responsibilities included maintaining office records of all sales and other business transactions. From January 2016 until about February 2017, Miltenberger embezzled $91,846 from cash seafood sales. Instead of depositing certain cash sales into the company’s bank account, she kept the money for her personal use. She then falsified business records to cover her abuse. When company officials in Seattle became concerned about account balances, they asked Miltenberger to prepare end-of-year financial statements. In response, she created fraudulent financial reports and sent them to her supervisors to continue to conceal her scheme.

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

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated October 3, 2018