Easton woman admits stealing $250,000 from employer

court gavelAn Easton woman waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud stemming from her theft of more than $250,000 from her employer.

Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, said that in pleading guilty, Dawn Minniberg, 47, of Easton, admitted that she charged more than $250,000 in personal expenses to her corporate credit card. She used the money for clothing and other items purchased at high-end stores, theater tickets, children’s parties and lessons, charitable donations, vacations and the purchase of an $11,000 jungle gym, Daly said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Minniberg worked for a company in Greenwich. She provided financial services to the company and was issued an American Express corporate credit card for business purposes.  As part of her duties, she prepared expense reports justifying the charges to all of the corporate credit cards, including her own, Daly said.

Minniberg used her position to hide her expenditure of these corporate funds for personal items, categorizing them as office supplies, meals, meetings or lodging, Daly said.

Underhill scheduled sentencing for April 8. Minniberg faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

The Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, the United States Secret Service and the Greenwich Police Department investigated the matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller.

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