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Description: Tampa, Florida criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with wire fraud.
Desiree Madiedo, age 45, of Brooksville, Florida, was hired in 2004 by Company 1, a worldwide agribusiness, to work in the company’s Tampa office. There, she initially worked as a receptionist and was later assigned to work in the company’s accounting and office management department where she handled the Tampa office’s accounts receivable and accounts payable. Around 2014, Desiree Madiedo’s duties and responsibilities were expanded to include administration and reconciliation of Company 1’s credit card account. Around the same time, she caused Company 1 to establish an automatic monthly payment to be made from its bank account to cover charges made by Company 1 employees against its credit cards. From then and until around January 2018, the Madiedos utilized Desiree Madiedo’s company credit card to purchase approximately $342,155 in personal items and services, which were not valid business-related expenditures.
In an effort to conceal the purchases of personal items and services by herself and her husband, Desiree Madiedo continued to collect and reconcile all of the other Company 1 employees’ expense account reports, enter appropriate business expenditures made by the employees into Company 1’s books and records, and ensure that the entire outstanding balance due the credit card company—which included charges made by the Madiedos against the company’s credit card account for personal items and services—was paid in full.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay G. Trezevant. Assistant United States Attorney James A. Muench is handling the asset forfeiture.
18:1343.F FRAUD BY WIRE, RADIO, OR TELEVISION
Outcome: Desiree was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. As part of their sentences, the court also ordered the Madiedos to pay full restitution in the amount of $342,155 to the victim company and entered an order of forfeiture in the same amount, representing the proceeds of the couple’s wire fraud scheme.