Woman guilty of bilking fish company
A Norfolk woman plead guilty Tuesday to embezzling $2.2 million from a fish and oyster company she worked for as a bookkeeper and allegedly using the money to pay off her credit cards.
Leslie M. Coffman, 60, pleaded guilty n U.S. District Court in Norfolk to committing mail fraud.
According to court documents, Coffman had been an employee for approximately 20 years with Ballard Fish & Oyster Co., Inc. in Norfolk, where she was responsible for administrative work and bookkeeping. The company produced, harvested and distributed clams and oysters.
According to the US attorneys office, Coffman allegedly embezzled funds from the company from 2005 through 2010 by creating false entries in the company records to "indicate certain corporate checks had been paid to transportation providers for the company."
But in fact Coffman would write these checks to pay off her personal credit card debt and mail them to the credit card companies each month.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Coffman faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. She is expected to be sentenced June 1.
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