New York Women Admits to Embezzling Over $1.1M From BMW Dealership

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The former auto-dealership controller pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud that lead to an embezzlement scheme of over $1.1 million from Continental BMW of Darien.

Keyboard with button labeled wire fraudThe New York Controller faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to approximately $2.3M and an order of restitution. She pleaded guilty in Federal Court to one count of wire fraud arising from an embezzlement scheme. Sentencing is scheduled for May 24th.

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Internal controls to consider to help prevent wire fraud:

  • Require two employees to consummate all wire transfers to external parties (most essential).
  • Have dedicated employee(s) review the daily bank account activity (using on-line access); at a minimum, reconcile bank statements in a timely fashion.
  • Require bank to limit daily wire transfer amounts.
  • Create a policy requiring documentation for all wire transfers journal entries – require a second person to review the entries.
  • Implement vendor set-up process which should be completed by an employee who does not perform wire transactions.

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