Ex-EMC employee arraigned for credit card fraud

By Joseph F. Kovar, on Jul 13, 2012 11:50 AM
Filed under Data centre

Allegedly took $220,000 from storage vendor.

A former EMC employee has been arraigned for allegedly stealing about $US220,000 ($A216,000) from the storage vendor.

The employee, Madeline Vinton, served as an administrative assistant at EMC's US headquarters from April 2006 until early this year, when EMC started investigation of the alleged theft, according to a report from the Middlesex County District Attorney's office.

Vinton pleaded not guilty of the charges and was ordered by the court to be held on $US7500 cash bail.

According to the District Attorney's office, Vinton is alleged to have illegally used an EMC-issued credit card to charge over $US155,000 in personal expenses.

She is alleged to have spent the money on limousine rides, online purchases, hotels, meals, rental cars and tickets to sport games. Another $US500 was charged to that card on plastic surgery, the D.A. alleged.

Vinton also allegedly made "fraudulent purchases" on her boss's company credit card and requested payments of over $US48,000 on overtime the D.A. said she never worked.

EMC early this year began investigating possible theft after noticing a "pattern of travel and expense activities that were inconsistent with Vinton's role and assigned duties," according to the D.A.'s report.

EMC terminated Vinton's employment in February. She was arraigned in the US District Court on March 30, indicted by a Middlesex County, Mass. Grand Jury on June 7, and arraigned on larceny charges Wednesday. A pre-trial conference in the case is set for August 29.

EMC confirmed that Vinton was a former administrative assistant for the company, but declined to specify for which department she worked.

The company declined to comment other than saying "EMC is cooperating with the authorities."

The D.A.'s office declined to provide further information.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

 
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