San Tan woman defrauds business of $240k

Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 17:14:19-04

A woman from San Tan Valley was sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding her employer of $240,000.

Arizona's attorney general announced that a woman who stole money from a Gilbert construction company used it for vacations, dining and shopping trips and at casinos.

April Mooney, 42, was sentenced to five years in prison after she was convicted last month of theft and fraud. Mooney worked at the J.F. Ellis Corporation from 2010 to 2014 as a controller. Her responsibilities included handling accounts payable, bank reconciliations, and office administration duties. 

Mooney set up a ghost company with a similar name as a vendor that J.F. Ellis was doing business with. The money that was supposed to be paid to the actual vender actually went to her ghost company instead.

Another employee became suspicious when he noticed unusual charges on his company credit card.

Gilbert police investigators discovered that Mooney took $240,000 from the company forcing it to take extensive measures to stay afloat.

"Mooney's theft forced her employer to lay off her co-workers and take out loans just to keep the doors open," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.