There are some things that just fall into the category of “dumb criminal” choices. Now, I must admit I have made some dumb choices too, but what I’m reporting on here almost falls into the category of “dumb and dumber!”
Seems that Sherry Gehrung, age 42, of California was arraigned on a wire fraud charge alleging that she embezzled money from her former employer. Funny, how when you take money from your employer they always become your former employer! Anyway…
According to the news release from the US Attorney’s office, Gehrung was an administrative assistant and worked at Alza’s Mountain View, California facility. Alza is a pharmaceutical research and development company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Between February 2007 and October 2007, Ms. Gehrung fraudulently charged over $240,000 in personal expenses on an Alza corporate credit card, including paying for a 1968 Ford Mustang and 1969 Chevrolet Camaro automobile, the restoration of those automobiles, cosmetic surgery, a Hawaii and Tahiti cruise vacation, a granite kitchen countertop, a residential air-conditioning unit, and American Express gift cards.
Now…wonder if she thought she’d get by with such a blatant fraud? It’s pretty obvious that a credit card company bills the holder (in this case Alza) each month and you’d think that when they saw the charge for a 1968 Ford Mustang it might have raised some eyebrows. Honestly, I’d like to know what she was thinking?
Keep in mind, an Indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Ms. Gehrung must be presumed innocent unless and until convicted.
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