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ITMG Insider Threat Cases – November 10, 2021

Chinese Spy Convicted in Aviation Espionage Case

A federal jury in Ohio convicted Yanjun Xu, who worked for China’s Ministry of State Security, of conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets, according to the Justice Department.

Among the trade secrets that Xu tried to steal on behalf of China was technology related to GE Aviation’s composite aircraft engine fan, which has not been duplicated by any other company in the world, the Justice Department said.

Former Property Manager Sentenced to Prison for Stealing from Federally Subsidized Housing Complexes

According to court documents and statements made in court, Gardner was employed by Garden Homes Management Corporation with responsibilities that included managing the Salem Village I and II housing complexes in Brooklyn, Connecticut, and the St. Mary’s housing complex in East Hartford. The housing complexes principally catered to elderly and disabled citizens receiving federal rental subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Between approximately 2009 and 2018, Gardner diverted rental payments and other tenant fees to a separate account she had set up for cable fees, and then diverted those payments to pay more than $400,000 in personal expenses. Gardner also overcharged tenants a total of more than $60,000 for cable expenses, which increased the amount of money available to be diverted.  In addition, Gardner embezzled at least $70,000 in rental payments paid by St. Mary’s tenants.

Former Employee Admits Embezzling more than $650,000 from Trout Creek Company

The government alleged in court documents that Wood was hired in 2013 by a supply company in Trout Creek as an office administrator and secretary. Wood eventually was placed in charge of depositing payments from customers and given access to the company’s accounting system. Wood used the accounting software to embezzle checks from one of the company’s biggest customers and deposited most of the embezzled money into a personal bank account she opened in a bank in Idaho. In February 2019, when the company’s owner realized something was amiss, he contacted Wood. Wood refused to talk to the owner and cleaned out her desk the next weekend. An investigation found 109 customer checks, totaling about $650,843, that Wood had deposited into her own account.

Madison Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement by a Bank Officer

According to court documents, Thomas King Robb, Jr., 37, used his position as a loan officer at a bank to approve fraudulent loans, and used the proceeds from those loans for his own benefit.Robb created false documents using his knowledge and experience as a loan officer and created fraudulent loans in the names of other people.  Robb then used the money from those loans to pay off previous loans and to keep his personal business afloat.

Former Boston Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Overtime Fraud Scheme

From at least February 2015 through February 2018, Nee submitted false and fraudulent overtime slips for overtime hours that he did not work at the evidence warehouse. The “purge” overtime, was a 4 – 8 p.m. weekday shift intended to dispose of old, unneeded evidence. “Kiosk” overtime involved driving to each police district in Boston one Saturday a month to collect old prescription drugs to be burned.

For the “purge” shift, Nee claimed to have worked from 4 – 8 p.m., but he and, allegedly, other members of the unit, routinely left at 6 p.m., or earlier. For the “kiosk” shift, Nee submitted overtime slips claiming to have worked eight-and-one-half hours, when in fact he and, allegedly, other members of the unit, only worked three-to-four hours of those shifts. As a result, between February 2015 and February 2018, Nee personally collected approximately $16,642 for overtime hours he did not work.

Former Office Manager Sentenced for Swindling Broken Arrow Business of $2.7 Million

A former office manager who embezzled more the $2.7 million from her former employer, all after facing unrelated charges in Tulsa County for similar crimes, was sentenced in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Dihel began stealing from her employer less than two years after pleading guilty to embezzling from another business, for which she received a deferred sentence on Dec. 16, 2009, in Tulsa County District Court.

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