Woman Admits Using Phony Fuel Expenses to Scheme Trucking Company Out of $1 MILLION
Albuquerque, NM – A former accounting coordinator for a trucking company is facing 20 years in prison after admitting to scheming her way to more than $1 million.
Late last month, Sandra Roberto, 42, of Las Cruces, NM, pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and fraudulent tax returns stemming from an embezzlement scheme that lasted for seven years.
According to court records, from 2011 to 2018, Roberto used her position in the accounting department for Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) to embezzle $1.1 million.
As MVT’s primary contact with two third-party payment processors, EFS and Comdata, Roberto admitted to depositing more than 1,735 checks and money transfers ranging from $400 to $975 into her personal bank account.
Court documents indicate Roberto authorized the payments as “fuel expenses” and “spread them out over regular truck drivers’ cash advance accounts.”
MVT terminated her employment in 2018 after discovering her embezzlement scheme.
Roberto also admitted to falsifying her income tax returns by failing to report any of the illegally embezzled funds to the IRS.
For example, in 2017, Roberto embezzled $217,260, but only reported $31,932 as taxable income.
She faces up to 20 years in prison.