John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Lydia Cabrera, 36, of Southington, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to one count of bank fraud related to an embezzlement scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately August 2016 to August 2018, Cabrera was employed by A2Z Home Medical Supplies (“A2Z”) as a bookkeeper.

 As part of her job responsibilities, Cabrera was given access to A2Z’s online merchant payment system. Approximately 10 days after being hired by A2Z, Cabrera began to use A2Z’s online merchant payment system to steal from the company by falsely representing that customers of A2Z had sought a return of their funds.

 On more than 200 occasions, Cabrera input her personal debit card information as the card to which the funds should be returned. Through this scheme, Cabrera embezzled approximately $370,000.

Cabrera was arrested on March 1.

Judge Meyer scheduled for sentencing for February 11, 2020, at which time Cabrera faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.

Following the court proceeding, Cabrera, who had been detained since her arrest, was released on bond pending sentencing.

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