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ITMG Insider Threat Cases – October 27, 2021

Netflix Fires Employee for Sharing ‘Confidential’ Information Amid Chappelle Uproar

Netflix fired an employee for sharing confidential and “commercially sensitive” information outside the company related to Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special, a spokesperson for the streaming giant confirmed Friday.

The news comes five days before a planned employee walkout in protest of the special, which GLAAD and other LGBTQ advocacy groups have criticized as transphobic.

Ex-Chairwoman of Montana Native Women’s Coalition Sentenced for Stealing Federal Grant Funds

The former chairwoman of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition was sentenced today for conviction at trial of stealing federal grant funds for unapproved travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, and other unauthorized expenses, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Meredith McConnell, 52, of Lame Deer, was found guilty on April 2 at trial by a federal jury on all counts in a superseding indictment, including theft from a program receiving federal funding, wire fraud and false claims.

Navillus Construction Executives Convicted of Embezzling from Union Benefits Funds

Navillus was a signatory to multiple collective bargaining agreements that required the company to make contributions to union benefits funds, such as health, pension, and vacation funds, for all “covered work” performed by its workers at construction sites.  Between 2011 and 2017, the defendants engaged in a scheme to avoid making these required contributions by placing some of Navillus’s workers on the payroll of another company (the “Consulting Company”).  The Consulting Company then issued weekly paychecks to those Navillus workers for work they did on Navillus construction jobs. To conceal the scheme from benefits fund auditors, the defendants caused the Consulting Company to issue fraudulent invoices to disguise the fact that the funds Navillus had issued to the Consulting Firm were made to reimburse the Consulting Company for the wages the Consulting Company had paid to Navillus workers.

Northborough Man Arrested for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering After Embezzling from Non-Profit

According to charging documents, from April 2015 to May 2020, Kapiris worked as the Information Technology (IT) manager at the non-profit organization. As part of his responsibilities, the organization provided Kapiris access to two company credit cards to purchase IT equipment and services as needed. Beginning in 2016, Kapiris used the two company credit cards to purportedly purchase IT equipment from two vendor accounts on Square and one account on Amazon. It is alleged that Kapiris created the three vendor accounts to embezzle the funds and fabricated sales invoices for purportedly purchased equipment to conceal the scheme. Kapiris allegedly used the names of legitimate Massachusetts companies for the two Square accounts and created the Amazon account in the name of a fictitious company, “NetworkingPlus.”

CEO Of East Bay-Based Internet Companies Marketing Child-Friendly Services Indicted on Wire Fraud and Securities Fraud Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted Alan Anderson, charging him with wire fraud and securities fraud charges related to a scheme to use materially false and fraudulent pretenses to induce investors to make contributions to three businesses that were marketed as providing child-friendly internet services, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.

West Haven State Representative and City Employee Charged in $600K Fraud Scheme

As alleged in the complaint, DiMassa has been employed by the City of West Haven for approximately 12 years and has most recently served as the Administrative Assistant to the City Council. He is also currently a Connecticut State Representative.  In January 2021, DiMassa and another individual formed Compass Investment Group, LLC. Beginning in February 2021, Compass Investment Group LLC fraudulently billed the City of West Haven and its “COVID-19 Grant Department” for consulting services purportedly provided to the West Haven Health Department that were not performed.  From February 2021 through September 2021, the City of West Haven paid Compass Investment Group a total of $636,783.70.

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