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Greenwich Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $176K From Employer

U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly
U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. – A Greenwich woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling over $176,000 from her employer, the New England Oil Co., over a three-year period, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.

Michelle Crawford, 33, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hartford federal court to one count of wire fraud.

According to court documents, Crawford worked as an office manager and had access to bank accounts, credit cards and other payments systems for New England Oil, located in Greenwich.

From May 2011 to May 2014, she embezzled $176,735 from the company through unauthorized withdrawals and by using company funds for personal expenses while disguising them in company records as legitimate New England Oil expenses.

Crawford faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on July 29.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, the Greenwich Police Department and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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