An employee at an unnamed New Jersey mortgage company stole $2 million by rerouting escrow checks, intended for borrowers, to friends and family, according to a report from HousingWire.
"According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Dilcia Mercedes pleaded guilty last week to one count of unauthorized access of a computer with intent to defraud and one count of money laundering," according to the report.
"Court documents show that from April 2014 to May 2017, Mercedes worked for an unnamed mortgage lender as a payment processor, and as such, she had access to the company’s computer system."
Mercedes used unclaimed checks that were returned to the company as undeliverable. She used company computers to create false requests of wire transfers from customers, however, these transfers were going to accounts of her family members and friends.
After the requests were in, Mercedes would then approve the transfers on her side and the funds would be released.
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