FBI charges woman with embezzling $550,000 from kitchen remodeling company in Greenwich, New York

GREENWICH — An accounting and human resources manager for a family-owned kitchen design and renovation business in Greenwich has been charged with embezzlement.

Susana Rivera, 40, of Bronx, NY, was arrested this week and charged with stealing some $550,000 from the company, which also operates in Bedford and Mamaroneck, NY

Federal prosecutors said Rivera misappropriated funds from the renovation company and used them to pay for “jewelry, beauty treatments, laser treatments, travel, pets, cosmetic surgery, clothing and cars, including a partial payment on a $100,000 Corvette,” according to court documents. . She also paid her utility bills with stolen funds, the complaint states.

According to the lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York, Rivera began using the company’s credit card to purchase goods and services for herself beginning in November 2019 for $175,000. She also set up a bogus vendor to funnel funds of more than $370,000, according to federal prosecutors.

The lawsuit says Rivera posed as a member of the family business to use the credit card for big expenses, lifting spending restrictions on the credit card, and she also used a photo of the driver’s license. drive of another person in connection with the fraud.

On Wednesday, she was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated impersonation. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The federal indictment says Rivera began working for the unnamed renovation company in October 2019 with a salary of $80,000.

FBI Deputy Director Michael J. Driscoll said in a statement on the case: “No more than a month after joining the company she allegedly defrauded, Susana Rivera began a path of embezzlement. which would ultimately result in more than half a million dollars in losses to his victim.

“Spending that money on a variety of luxury and personal items, she jumped headfirst into this scheme with seemingly no signs of slowing down — until we showed up to pick up the charge,” Driscoll said. . “Financial fraud schemes wreak havoc on both private businesses and the economy. Any attempt to defraud a victim in this way will most certainly have consequences in our justice system.

Rivera was released after posting $250,000 bond after being processed in federal court in White Plains, NY

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