The former Chief Financial Officer of a Gilbert, AZ company has been sentenced to 36 months in prison after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge, demonstrating the serious repercussion of an Arizona white-collar crime charge. According to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Carol Lynette Curie wrote $116,400 in bogus checks to herself while serving as CFO of Metro Care Services in Gilbert.
As detailed in a press release issued by the Attorney General’s Office, Curie also wrote checks to herself as if she were a certified caregiver and providing caregiving services but never did. She also used the names of former or inactive contract caregivers to create the appearance of legitimate payments to these caregivers and then electronically transferring the funds to her personal account.
This case, which was prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section of the Criminal Division, highlights the seriousness of a white-collar crime charge. Today, white-collar crimes such as embezzlement are punished more severely than ever, and defendants cannot rely on receiving simply a slap on the wrist.
If you suspect you are the target of a theft investigation or have been accused of stealing from your employer, it is imperative to contact an experienced Arizona white-collar criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. For a free consultation about your case and the legal ramifications facing your situation, contact the offices of Ashley Adams today.