Ex-Marriott worker gets 1 year, 1 day in jail for embezzlement

April 20, 2012

A federal judged sentenced a former Marriott International employee Friday to one year and 1 day in jail and three years supervised release for embezzling more than $400,000 from the company, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said.

Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria also ordered Lorraine Wakefield, 51, of Alexandria to pay $439,554 in restitution to Marriott International.

According to her plea agreement, Wakefield worked for Bethesda-based Marriott from 2001 to 2010, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. During that time, she embezzled from $400,000 to $1 million while managing, logging and paying the corporate credit card expenses for the executives she supported. She also managed their travel expense reports and requests for reimbursement, the statement said.

Wakefield was able to steal the money by falsifying travel expense reports, using corporate credit cards for personal use and filing false invoices that directed Marriott to issue checks to her personal American Express account, the statement said.

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