NEW HAVEN - A Southington woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling $370,000 from her former employer.
Lydia Cabrera, 37, received the two-year sentence, which will be followed by three years of supervised release, in federal court in New Haven Friday.
She has also been ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty last October to one count of bank fraud.
According to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cabrera was a bookkeeper at A2Z Home Medical Supplies between August 2016 and August 2018, when she made more than 200 false representations that various customers had sought refunds. Having access to the business’s online payment system, she put her own debit card information into the system when processing the refunds, embezzling about $370,000, officials said.
Cabrera began engaging in the scheme after working for A2Z for about 10 days.
She was arrested March 1, 2019, after a grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment for her on five counts of bank fraud. Cabrera was originally detained after her arrest and later released from custody, pending sentencing.
Before she worked for A2Z, federal officials said, Cabrera worked as a bookkeeper for a home health care aid company. Between April 2015 and July 2016, she stole approximately $68,000 from that company, according to federal officials. This fraud scheme was prosecuted in state court.
Federal officials said, in advance of her sentencing in the home health care aid matter, Cabrera submitted to the state court phony character letters from A2Z colleagues in an attempt to obtain leniency at sentencing.
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