A Destrehan woman was charged in federal court with wire fraud after allegedly devising a scheme to defraud her Old Jefferson-based employer out of more than $500,000.
Nicole Seruntine, 35, was arrested this month after an investigation revealed she used her role as an administrative assistant to order a fuel card she was not entitled to use and used it to pay for personal expenses, including fuel, food and cash advances, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser’s office.
If found guilty, Seruntine could face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross of gain or loss, five years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.
Seruntine worked as a secretary and dispatcher at Company A.M.M. from approximately June 2010 through February 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. The alleged use of the fuel card occurred between October of 2014 and February of 2017.
Trucking is among the services the company provided, and Seruntine’s role with the company included distributing fuel cards to the company’s truck drivers, deducting cash advances from paychecks and printing out weekly credit card reports. But she allegedly obtained a fuel card for herself despite not being a truck driver for the company, according to case court documents.
The case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharan E. Lieberman is in charge of the prosecution.