Shelbee Szeto pled guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns, and admitted in court that she used her position as an executive assistant and finance planning manager to defraud HP out of $4.8 million. Szeto was accused of using commercial credit cards to wire money to herself through various Square, Paypal and Stripe accounts.
As part of her position at HP, she was issued a variety of credit cards for business expenses and allegedly used an American Express card to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars to false merchant accounts that she alone controlled.
Some of the items she ended up forfeiting in her plea deal include things such as a 2020 Tesla, a 2021 Porsche, Dior, Gucci, Hermes and Chanel bags and purses, and almost 100 pieces of assorted jewelry.
A bank employee with First Republic Bank actually questioned her about the source of all her stolen funds which she falsely represented to that employee that it was legitimate business income from her work as a "consultant".
The subject is scheduled for sentencing on July 20 of this year.
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