Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzling Over $850,000 from Employer

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SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio woman was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for embezzling from her employer.

According to court documents, Cindy Ellen McCarthy, aka Cindy Wojtaszek, 48, was the bookkeeper of a Castle Hills business.  Between November 2012 and July 2018 McCarthy paid her personal credit card from the company’s bank account.  To conceal her fraud, McCarthy altered the company’s monthly bank statements to make it appear that payments were being made to a vendor.  Through approximately 200 transactions, McCarthy defrauded the company of over $850,000.

On October 21, 2021, McCarthy pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.  In addition to the prison sentence, McCarthy was ordered to pay $855,538.56 in restitution to her former employer.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of America,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “Today’s sentencing reflects the seriousness of McCarthy’s abuse of her position and the resolve of this office to  pursue those who betray their employers’ trust by embezzling money.”

“The defendant in this case took advantage of her role as a bookkeeper to betray and deceive her employer for personal gain,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Hudson. “The FBI is committed to investigating financial fraud and ensuring those who commit these crimes are held accountable for their actions.”

The FBI, with invaluable assistance from the Castle Hills Police Department, investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Harris prosecuted the case.

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