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Woman Guilty of Defrauding Tech Company $500K

She faces up to 20 years in prison.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Rhode Island technology company out of more than $550,000 in reimbursements for business expenses.

Jill Martinho entered her plea Monday to wire fraud and willfully making a false tax return.

Federal prosecutors say the 43-year-old Swansea woman was authorized by the Providence-based company to buy supplies with personal credit cards and seek reimbursement for those expenses.

Martinho was a controller employed by the company, which specializes in the optimization of electro-magnetic and automated process equipment. 

Court records show Martinho falsified credit card statements and received about $1 million from the company between 2015 and 2018, instead of the approximately $459,000 she was entitled to.

Prosecutors say Martinho did not report the fraudulent income to the IRS.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and fines during her sentencing in July.

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