On Monday, it was announced that a woman from Fresno, California had pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud for embezzling funds from her employer, Borges USA. 49-year-old Leslie Michelle Hays served as the director of human resources at Borges USA from 2005 2014. Borges is a food distribution company based in Spain. The company has a regional headquarters in Fresno.
To perpetrate the crime, Hays misreported her salary, vacation time and expenses to the company’s payroll processor. In return, the processor remitted the stolen money to Hays’s bank account. In total, the defendant stole at least $1,535,420 from Borges USA. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Fresno Police Department.
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on May 7, 2018. At the time of her sentencing, she will face a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Additional details can be found here.