NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing more than $400,000 for her employer, according to David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Roberta Davis, 46, was employed by Theatre Projects Consultants of Norwalk when she wrote checks payable to herself on company checks for a total of $349,365.76, beginning at least as early as January 2004, Fein said. She also used the TPC computer system to make it appear as though each check was made out to a vendor for a corresponding invoice when there was no such invoice and the check was made out to her. Davis then fraudulently signed the checks in the name of an authorized TPC account signatory and deposited them into her bank account.
Davis also used TPC's American Express account to charge $58,534.11 in personal expenditures, Fein said. She was not issued a TPC American Express card of her own, but she was responsible for paying TPC's American Express bill. She charged extensive personal travel for herself and family members, as well as gas, clothing and other personal items, including jewelry.
Davis also used an account at an office supply store to fraudulently obtain $7,028.05 in personal items, including computer equipment, according to Fein.
When she was hired by TPC in August 2000, Davis did not disclose that she was a convicted felon and had been released from federal prison in January 2000 after serving a sentence for defrauding the Social Security Administration by faking her death and applying for a new Social Security number in the name of another person, Fein said. Davis was terminated from TPC in October 2010.
Davis was sentenced Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 71 months in federal prison and ordered to make restitution of $414,927.92.
She has been detained since her arrest Sept. 8. On Jan. 4, she pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric J. Glover.