On Friday, August 25, 2017, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced that a Fresno bookkeeper and her associate had been charged for their involvement in embezzling more than $1 million from a local business. A federal grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against 41-year-old Brandi Marshall and 37-year-old Daniel Barrios Jr. on Thursday. The couple has been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.
Court documents allege that Marshall worked as the Fresno company’s bookkeeper from October 2014 to March 2016. Marshall was responsible for receiving and depositing checks from customers. Marshall and her co-conspirator are accused of misappropriating more than 100 checks and depositing them into Barrios’ personal account. It is alleged that the couple used the proceeds of the alleged crime to purchase a 2016 Ford Mustang GT and a 2012 Dodge Challenger.
Marshall is accused of adding fictitious entries to the company’s computer accounting system in hopes of concealing her actions. It is alleged that the couple embezzled more than $1 million dollars over the course of the supposed scheme. The indictment comes after an investigation by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Baker has been put in charge of prosecuting the case.
If the defendants are convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million for each wire and bank fraud charge. They also face 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for conspiracy to launder money. The defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.