A former New York-based jewelry company accountant, Julie Vos, is accused of stealing more than $2.8 million from the company.
He allegedly committed the crimes between September 2014 and April 2021, according to a press release from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. Francisco Lopez, 36, is charged in an indictment by the Supreme Court of New York State grand theft in the first degree. and first degree criminal possession of stolen property.
“Francisco Lopez is accused of taking advantage of his insider access to steal nearly $3 million from a New York-based company over seven years,” Bragg said.
“I thank the talented investigators and prosecutors in my Office who followed the money, uncovering thousands of fraudulent transfers, to obtain this indictment. We are committed to protecting our city’s businesses from all kinds of theft, including insider fraud.
In May 2021, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Major Economic Crimes Bureau (“MECB”) began investigating financial irregularities in the accounts of Julie Vos whom LOPEZ oversaw as the company’s accountant. As alleged, between 2014 and 2021, LOPEZ regularly but quietly transferred sums of money from Julie Vos’ business accounts to her own personal bank and credit card accounts, while hiding these transfers in the company’s expense accounts. business. LOPEZ used the stolen funds to pay for leisure and luxury items, including travel, jewelry, clothing, and high-end automobiles. LOPEZ’s systematic theft was uncovered in April 2021, when American Express asked Julie Vos about the numerous transactions they observed on Vos company accounts to pay fees on LOPEZ’s personal American Express card. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigation ultimately revealed that in thousands of transfers, LOPEZ stole more than $2.8 million from Julie Vos.
Assistant District Attorney Aaron Ginandes is handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Julio Cuevas (Deputy Chief of MECB Bureau), Julieta V. Lozano (Head of MECB), Chris Conroy (Special Counsel to Division investigations) and executive. Assistant DA Susan Hoffinger (Head of Investigations Division). Senior Financial Investigator Samantha Drofiak and paralegals Anna Bruckner and Clara Parkus provided analysis and assistance for the investigation. Discovery analyst Pauline Davis assisted with the discovery.