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