HR Strange But True!
November 20, 2008

In less than a year, a female employee at Alza Corporation ran up $328,000 on her employer's corporate credit card. That's a lot, especially for an administrative assistant. Keep reading to see some of the big-ticket items she purchased and how much time behind bars she's facing.

The woman, who is now a former employee, worked at the company as an administrative assistant at its facility in Mountain View, California. Alza is a pharmaceutical research and development company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Prosecutors allege that between February 2007 and October 2007, the woman fraudulently charged more than $328,000 in personal expenses on an Alza corporate credit card. They said the items she purchased included:

  • A 1968 Ford Mustang,
  • A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro,
  • The restoration of those two classic cars,
  • Cosmetic surgery,
  • A Hawaii and Tahiti cruise vacation,
  • A granite kitchen countertop,
  • A residential air-conditioning unit, and
  • American Express gift cards.

In February 2008, a federal jury indicted her. She recently pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. A judge sentenced her to 15 months in prison and ordered her to pay $328,000 in restitution

Source: Justice Department

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