On March 7, 2018, it was announced that a former office manager of a trade association management company pled guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud for embezzling over $1.5 million from the firm. 38-year-old Leunea D. Myers of Clinton, Maryland pled guilty. The defendant is now scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2018. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Myers is likely to face a sentence ranging from 51 to 63 months in prison.
Myers worked as the office manager and bookkeeper for the company being referred to as Company A from February 2015 to November 2017. The company is a professional trade association management company based in the District of Columbia. The company has been in business for at least 40 years. The defendant was responsible for tracking client billings, receipts, making deposits, drafting checks, reconciling clients’ bank accounts, and preparing financial statements.
From April of 2015 through November of 2017, Myers embezzled funds from the company by making unauthorized charges on company credit cards and writing fraudulent checks to herself and third parties to pay her bills. Additional details have been made available here.