Greenwich company employee stole $630,000 for Corvette and trip

A former accounting and human resources director for a Greenwich-based kitchen renovation company has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud, after allegedly embezzling more than $630,000 from the company.

Susana Rivera, 40, of Bronx, NY, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a Press release.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison under federal law, the office said.

Rivera was hired to work for the company, which also has offices in Mamaroneck and Bedford, NY in October 2019. As of November, she “made hundreds of unauthorized charges totaling more than $175,000 on the victim company’s credit cards,” the statement said.

The money was reportedly used for Rivera’s personal expenses, including jewelry, beauty and laser treatments, travel, pets, cosmetic surgery clothing and cars, including a “partial payment on a $100,000 Corvette,” the office said.

Federal investigators also allege that Rivera instructed the company’s payroll company to pay more than $370,000 to a “fake salesman” that Rivera created to siphon off funds and transferred money from the bank to company to pay its own utility bills.

“To obtain the removal of restrictions on the use of the victim company’s credit cards, Rivera posed as an owner of the victim company during phone calls with the company’s credit card company,” says the press release. “Rivera also sent the credit card company photographs of the owner’s driver’s license to trick credit card company staff into thinking she was the owner.”

The case was investigated by the New York office of the FBI.

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