SOUTHINGTON — A local woman has been charged with embezzling $370,000 from a medical supplies company where she was employed as a bookkeeper.
Lydia Cabrera, 36, was indicted Wednesday on five counts of bank fraud. She was arrested Friday and was ordered detained after appearing in Hartford Federal Court.
Cabrera was employed by A2Z Home Medical Supplies as a bookkeeper between August 2016 and August 2018, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.
The company sells and rents hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs and lift chairs to patients.
About 10 days after she was hired, she began to use the company’s online merchant system, PayEezy, to steal from the company by falsely representing customers that wanted a return of their funds, authorities said.
“Specifically, A2Z employees entered customer debit or credit card information into the PayEezy system and PayEezy would debit the customer’s account and credit A2Z’s merchant services account at Bank of America,” Cabrera’s indictment states. “PayEezy also has a refund function … whereby … (it) would debit A2Z’s merchant services account at Bank of America and credit a customer’s credit or debit card.”
Authorities determined Cabrera used her personal debit card to embezzle about $370,000 in more than 200 instances, the statement said.
“The purpose of the bank fraud scheme was for Cabrera to enrich herself by falsely and fictitiously representing to Bank of America through PayEezy that refunds were due to customers of A2Z, when in fact no such refunds were due,” the indictment said.
Cabrera’s attorney Charles F. Willson, with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, declined to comment.
Bank fraud carries a maximum prison term of 30 years for each count.
A2Z Home Medical Supplies could not be reached for comment.
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