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Westchester Woman Sentenced For Stealing $700K From Employer

A Westchester woman has been charged with stealing more than $700,000 from her employer over the course of several years.
A Westchester woman has been charged with stealing more than $700,000 from her employer over the course of several years. Photo Credit: File

A Westchester woman was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for stealing more than $700,000 from her Stamford, Conn., employer, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Rosemarie Collazo, 52, of Yonkers was sentenced in Bridgeport court to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. She pleaded guilty in January to one count of wire fraud.

According to court documents, Collazo was employed by Abbey National Treasury Services in Stamford, where as part of her job she assisted in arranging payments to vendors. She collected invoices, presented them to a supervisor for approval, and sent the invoices along with payment checks to vendors after they were approved.

Daly said that between 2010 and 2016, Collazo presented approximately 150 fraudulent duplicate invoice packages and submitted an equivalent number of checks for authorizing signatures for payments that she knew had already been processed and paid. She then deposited the checks into her personal bank account.

On at least three other occasions, Collazo misappropriated a vendor refund check and endorsed it for deposit into her personal bank account, Daly said.

In total, Collazo stole $772,242 during the course of this scheme, according to court documents.

As part of her sentencing, she has also been ordered to pay full restitution.

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