Florida woman accused of defrauding $2.6M from employer

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MIAMI - A Florida woman accused of stealing more than $2.6 million from her employer faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on fraud charges.

The Miami Herald reports , according to a Department of Justice news release, investigators say the Hialeah woman faces two counts of federal wire fraud. She made her first court appearance on Wednesday in Miami.

The Justice Department says 55-year-old Carmen Rodriguez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres. She'd worked for a Florida company that operates tax- and duty-free retail stores on cruise ships.

Investigators say Rodriguez was employed from April 2010 through May 2016 by Starboard Cruise Services, Inc. During that time she is alleged to have used former vendor accounts to create fake transactions and have the money deposited into her account.


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