Tech company’s controller pleads guilty to defrauding her employer

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Swansea woman has pleaded guilty after officials from the Department of Justice say she defrauded her employer of more than $550,000 over the course of three years.

Jill Martinho, 43, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and willfully making a false tax return. Martinho submitted bogus expense reports for purchases and did not pay taxes on the money she received fraudulently.

The Department of Justice did not identify the company she worked for but said she had been an employee there since 2005.

Prosecutors said between 2015 and 2018, Martinho was authorized to buy supplies for the tech company with personal credit cards and she’d be reimbursed for expenses. She was entitled to actually be reimbursed for $459,224, but she falsified credit card statements, according to court documents, and received about $1,017,295 from the company, netting a loss of some $557,974.

A federal judge will sentence Martinho on July 19. For the wire fraud alone, she faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to double the amount of the ill-gotten gains ($1,115,948) and 5 years parole.

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