A former New York jewelry company accountant, Julie Vos, was indicted on Monday for stealing more than $2.8 million from her employer to pay for trips, high-end cars, trinkets and clothing.
Francisco Lopez, 36, made thousands of transfers from company accounts to his personal bank account and credit cards between September 2014 and April 2021, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The Bayside, Queens resident allegedly masked transactions as business expenses matched the company’s expense tally – then used the funds to live large, buy luxuries and take vacations.
The scheme was uncovered last month after American Express questioned Julie Vos about numerous payments made from the jeweler’s accounts to cover charges on Lopez’s personal AmEx, prosecutors alleged.
Lopez pleaded not guilty to robbery and criminal possession of stolen property in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday. His bail was set at $500,000 in cash.
“Francisco Lopez is accused of using his insider access to steal nearly $3 million from a New York-based company over seven years,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement.
“I thank the talented investigators and prosecutors in my office who followed the money, uncovering thousands of fraudulent transfers, to obtain this indictment.”
Lopez’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.