BMW employee stole money to buy a Ford MustangDecember 28, 2018
A BMW dealership accountant in the US city of Darien, Connecticut, stole more than $ 1.1 million from an employer to lead a luxurious life and drive a car of a different brand. Fraudster caught and imprisoned.
Her name is Vanessa Vins-Small, a swindler, and she managed to fool the employer for quite some time: from October 2014 to June 2017. Vanessa had a very decent salary (150 thousand dollars a year) and the right to use a corporate car (of course, the BMW brand), but this seemed to Vanessa a little. She began to steal from the dealership and, in the aforesaid period, made 65 unauthorized electronic transfers from the company’s account to a personal account, having thus stolen a total of 904,659 dollars. In addition, she wrote 28 forged checks for a total of 207,778 to pay for personal expenses, and also awarded herself $ 31,452 for allegedly unauthorized credit card expenses.
Why did the 50-year-old Vanessa need that kind of money? She bought fashionable clothes for them, made plastic operations for herself, flew first class with her husband to rest in Australia, Mexico, Hawaii and Jamaica, worked on home improvement, for which she hired a bunch of workers and paid them with those very fictitious checks. But the most ridiculous thing is that instead of quietly riding the “free-wheeling” BMW, the young lady bought herself a much cheaper, but spectacular Ford Mustang … The court subsequently confiscated him to pay for the damage.
Meanwhile, the company where Vanessa worked hardly made ends meet: the management could not understand why the company was not making a profit, and even had to fire several people so as not to go into a minus. The accountant, meanwhile, assured that everything is in order, that you just need to be patient and that, according to her forecasts, the profit will be by the end of next year.
As a result, as reported by Automotive News, the fraudster was nevertheless exposed, and on November 28 the New Haven District Court sentenced her: 30 months in prison. I must say that Vanessa got off easily: the prosecutor insisted on imprisonment for up to 41 months, and in general the criminal articles for which she was accused imply a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. During the investigation, it turned out that Vanessa had previously been noticed in financial irregularities, in particular, when she worked for a Honda dealer, but former employers simply fired her and did not go to court. The defense of the thief insisted on probation instead of imprisonment, because Vanessa is “not a hardened criminal, but simply a sick person with emotional and mental problems that prompted her to take the path of crime.” The judge, however, decided that the defendant was guided solely by mercenary motives, a thirst for profit and a desire to lead a luxurious lifestyle, so it would be better for her to sit for a while.
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