According to the Daily Mail, “A former Apple employee’s penchant for Victoria’s Secret lingerie and Gucci handbags has landed her a prison sentence after admitting she orchestrated a lucrative embezzlement scheme.
Toni Ann Branca of Livingstone, New Jersey, was given three years in federal prison on Saturday after confessing that she illegally charged more $243,000 on her company’s credit card.
Branca, 42, originally pleaded guilty to a second-degree theft by deception charge in January, according to Fox News.
Branca had worked as an administrative assistant at Apple before authorities caught wind of her scheme, handling scheduling and travel arrangements for other Apple employees.
Police said that Branca used her company credit card to make purchases at Victoria Secret along with Gucci and Louis Vuitton shops, spending tens-of-thousands of dollars on luxury merchandise between 2013 and 2016.
According to court documents, Branca submitted dozens of duplicate reimbursement requests to Apple for business expenses, leading the company to make duplicate payments to her bank account.
She would then take the money and spend it on lavish shopping extravaganzas.
Authorities were first alerted to Branca’s fraud after an internal audit at Apple discovered the lingerie purchases.
Branca, authorities said, mostly worked from home and was issued an American Express card by the company.
Branca has already paid back $95,000 in restitution.
Veronica Allende, director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, said justice was served following Branca’s sentencing.
‘Branca went on a lavish shopping spree at the expense of her employer, but ultimately she bought herself a state prison term,’ said Allende
‘Our financial crimes bureau will continue to uncover these fraud schemes and bring those responsible to justice.'”