Woman allegedly embezzled $1.5 million from Fontana company, faces up to 20 years in federal prison

From Fontana Herald News, “A Riverside woman who was the controller at a Fontana-based metal forging company pleaded guilty on Sept. 21 to federal charges stemming from her alleged embezzlement of $1.5 million from her employer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As the controller, Dyer was responsible for all aspects of accounting at Pacific Forge, and she was authorized to sign corporate checks for amounts up to $5,000.

According to court documents, over the course of about 10 years, Dyer used Pacific Forge corporate checks to pay her personal bills. Dyer printed and signed corporate checks under $5,000 that she made appear would be used to pay Pacific Forge vendors, but in reality were mailed to pay her personal expenses.

Dyer pleaded guilty to a mail fraud charge related to a $4,752 check that she mailed to American Express on Jan. 11, 2013 to pay her personal credit card bill. Dyer made false entries in the Pacific Forge books to make this check appear to be a payment to a vendor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.”

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