A Baton Rouge woman admitted in federal court Monday to stealing more than $200,000 from her former employer over a nearly three-year span.
Theresa L. Gomez. 53. faces up to 20 years in prison, and likely restitution, after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud.
U.S. District Judge James Brady did not set a sentencing date for Gomez, who remains free on bond.
Last month, federal prosecutors alleged Gomez, a former escrow officer at a title company, stole $200,000-plus from the firm between August 2009 and June 2012.
The title company is identified in court documents only as “T.P.”
A bill of information charges that on 291 occasions, Gomez fraudulently used her position and “access to T.P.’s trust account to unlawfully divert funds belonging to T.P. to her own personal use and the use of her family members.”
Gomez, according to the bill, would create fraudulent wire transfer orders “giving (her) co-workers the false impression that the transfers were intended for payees to whom T.P. routinely transferred funds in the course of its business, such as banks and pest control companies that were involved in real estate transactions with T.P.”
The money was transferred to accounts controlled by Gomez and her husband, her daughter and son-in-law, and her son and daughter-in-law, prosecutors said.