Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crazy Co-Workers

Office_Space_Milton Crazy Co-workers


I think we all have a crazy co-worker story or ten. 

We used to have a bookkeeper that was really pretty. Really fun. Really sweet. REALLY well dressed. She was super likeable, except it was kind of frustrating seeing her VERY expensive wardrobe day in and day out. She always had extremely expensive handbags, and very expensive clothes and shoes. Always. And she was always getting more of them.  She also had a top 'o the line Range Rover. I knew she was paid $30 an hour, so it didn't really make sense how she could get so many fancy things unless her boyfriend was buying them for her, or she had extreme credit card debt, or she had money from other ventures.

Well, it turned out that her money was from other "ventures". She was shit-canned from the job where I work for a couple of reasons, and soon thereafter the FBI stopped by asking us about her, saying she and her sister were being investigated for wire fraud. !!!!!!!!!!  Turns out they were stealing from one of their rather famous clients.

Here is the story:

Two Marina del Rey businesswomen have been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.1 million from a company operated by the founder of the Tae Bo exercise program.

Rhenee Foster, 46, and Demetria Gutierrez, 52, both of Palos Verdes Estates, were sentenced Jan. 9 by United States District Judge Gary A. Feess. In addition to the 33-month prison terms, Feess ordered the women to pay $1,119,000 in restitution and to not be employed in any capacity in which they would have management or control of their employers’ funds for a three year period after their release from prison, said a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California.

Foster and Gutierrez both pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud and fraudulently using an access device issued to another person, the spokesperson said. The women operated a Marina del Rey company that provided bill paying, bookkeeping, and other services to Billy Blanks, the fitness instructor who developed and marketed the Billy Blanks Tae Bo exercise program, and ex-wife Gayle Blanks.

From March 2007 through March 2010, Foster and Gutierrez made unauthorized withdrawals from the bank account of the Blanks’ company, BG Star Productions, on more than 70 occasions, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Blanks hired Foster and Gutierrez in 2004 and had given them access to the BG Star Productions bank account so they could pay their personal and company bills.

According to U.S. attorneys, Foster and Gutierrez used this access to secretly withdraw and transfer funds from the account to pay off more than $1 million in charges that the women had incurred on their own American Express cards.

The women used the stolen funds to pay for, among other things, expensive clothing, vacations, and down payments on several Range Rovers, U.S. attorneys said.



Note: This is the SECOND TIME I have worked with an embezzling fool. 


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22 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

This was your coworker?! I have no reason to complain... ever. Crazy! And why a Range Rover?

fabulousjunk said...

wow.... seriously? That explains a lot. That's nuts. geez. I use to wonder about that with my ex roommates, who seem to always have expensive things, went out every night and money. Which was strange since they didn't work, nor come from wealthy families. Turns out they were prostitutes...

beck
http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

Aline said...

ooooooommmmmmmggggggggg!!! that is INSANE. it always shocks me to think that people think they can get away with stealing crazy amounts of money!

Jen: Sunsets and Swimming Pools said...

A girls gotta eat. And shop. :)

Mandy_Fish said...

Holy crap that's a lot of bags.

Trixie said...

Wow!! Crazy! I thought for sure she was going to end up being a prostitute!

Daniela said...

holy shit.

Lorena said...

OMG - it's like one of those shows on tv where your neighbor is a serial killer - how awful.

Megan said...

My first thought was that the woman was a hooker. But bookkeeping and embezzling seems to be a pretty stereotypical scenario. When your former coworker's possessions got confiscated after her arrest, I hope you went to the police auction and scored yourself some sweet deals on her handbags and cars!

GFS said...

Why did I think you were talking about Maegan!!?!? Until you got to the fraud part!!! LOL!

I swear I did! (you can tell her I thought so)

LOL!!!!!!!!!

...love Maegan said...

"an embezzling fool" ahahahahahahahha

Seriously, that shit was CRAZZZY

Chantalle said...

That's crazy! I wonder what my current, temporary, roommate thinks I do. I don't work (but just accepted a job offer, yay!), yet I eat out all the time, go shopping, drive a decent car, and I get home late, and sometimes go out late to eat dinner (Euro and Asian friends, who just eat much later). I hope he doesn't think i'm a prostitute!

By the way...no sugar for 4 days? I'd kill somebody by now!

Ashton King said...

One of my general managers was canned for skimming off the top.

Now we're just stuck with his crazy secretary who hordes the office supplies and makes signs for everything, especially the coffee pot.

Caroline said...

OMG...that is effing crazy! But kinda interesting that you worked with her...hope she didn't steal anything from your company!!! Holy moly!

WendyB said...

OMG! That's kind of exciting! :-D

Miss Caitlin S. said...

That is super crazy. I would have thought boyfriend for sure and never guessed wire fraud. Damn, you take the cake for craziest coworker. I hope your employer was okay!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Ha! That's actually quite exciting.

tulpen said...

Ha!!

I've worked with, and still work with some real whackadoos... but none that resulted in me being questioned by the FBI!!

Alisa said...

People are crazy!

I heard that an ex-boyfriend of mine went to jail for selling fake insurance policies! Actually, I wasn't surprised. But still!!

Trissta said...

Holy shit. That is just ridiculous, especially to flaunt it all over the place like that, I mean, lets be a little bit more, ah, smart if you're going to embezzle, right? Sigh... you're right. Embezzling fool. Sly enough to get it, but not smart enough to keep it.

Much Love,
Trissta

Carey Brown Strombotne said...

yikes, have you checked your bank account lately? does anybody ever get away with embezzling? what a dumbass!

Kitty Stampede said...

wowzers. no wonder she had it all.
that is hilarious.
i always have nutjob co-workers. it gets tiring. damn, it's refreshing when you find someone normal. but maybe it wouldnt't be so interesting, and you certainly wouldn't have as good of stories. :)