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Manhattan bookkeeper, Michiko Diaz, embezzled $0.8m from her employer, Kobe steel USA, part of it to pay off $80k penalty for ripping off previous employer

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Manhattan bookkeeper allegedly wrote 99 checks payable to herself and deposited them into her account

Michiko Diaz, 57, a former assistant accountant for Kobe Steel USA, embezzled $800,000 between 2006 to 2012

Diaz used part of the loot to pay off $80k penalty for ripping off previous employer

Funds stolen from her previous employers allegedly used to “pay for [her] daughter’s wedding, credit card bills”

Charged with grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument and criminal tax fraud, held on $0.4m bond

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Diaz appearing  at her arraignment flanked by her lawyers Glenn Hardy (l) and Ted Goldbergh (r) at the Manhattan Supreme Court in NYC

Michiko Diaz, 57, a Kobe Steel USA bookkeeper embezzled about $800,000 by writing a total of 99 checks to herself from the company, part of which was used to pay back money she owed in New Jersey for a similar fraud, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Prosecuting, Assistant District Attorney Lisa Zito, stated that Diaz, who had been convicted of stealling from a former employer in New Jersey, wrote 99 unauthorized checks from Kobe to herself, between 2006 and 2012, and managed to keep up the charade for years without detection.
“She deposited them into her own personal Bank of America bank account,” Zito said at Diaz’s arraignment. “With that she created false journal entries into the business records of Kobe Steel to cover up these checks.”
Diaz allegedly owed about $80,000 in restitution to her former company and spent some of the funds she embezzled from Kobe to pay it back. She also used it to “pay for her daughter’s wedding, her credit card bills” and other “personal expenses,” the ADA said.

Michiko Diaz3Diaz embezelled $800,000 from her last employer by depositing her employers’ checks into her personal Bank of America bank account.

“She said the two most important words – not guilty,” said Diaz’s lawyer Glenn Hardy outside the courtroom. “We’ll be investigating the case.”
Due to the statute of limitations, her current charges related only to 2011 and 2012
The Japanese native, who has has lived in New Jersey for the past 15 years, was ordered held on $400,000 bond in Manhattan Supreme Court at her arraignment for grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument, criminal tax fraud and ordering a false instrument for filing.

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