US authorities have charged Rosalba Meza – former controller of two companies based in Anaheim, California – for embezzling over $3 million. During 2017-2019, Meza directed the unauthorized transfer of $3,071,880 from the bank accounts of the companies – Trilogy Plumbing, Inc. and Matrix Management, LLC – to her personal bank accounts, for which she was arrested earlier in November 2021.
In February 2019, Meza told the company executives that they did not have sufficient money to meet payroll obligations. The executives were unaware of Meza embezzling from their companies. Later however, Meza falsely told IRS executives that she had used the funds meant for the companies’ quarterly payroll taxes to pay the employees.
Meza withdrew $292,137 from the embezzled money at banks and over $1 million at ATMs in the US and Mexico. Meza also allegedly wired more than $1.1 million to bank accounts of family members and friends in Mexico and elsewhere.
Source: US Department of Justice