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Crime Fujifilm worker stole $417K in performance points scam: DA

22:40  12 december  2019
22:40  12 december  2019 Source:   lohud.com

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At Fujifilm's Valhalla office, officials said, employees are rewarded for outstanding performance with points that lead to gift cards.

Maria Mecca's point total and redeemed gift card amount were high last spring. Suspiciously high, officials said.

That suspicion led to the former human resources officer for Fujifilm admitting on Wednesday  that she stole more than $400,000 from the company by fraudulently awarding herself millions of points for outstanding performance, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office said in a statement today.

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Fujifilm North America's headquarters are located in an office building at 200 Summit Lake Drive in Valhalla.© Tania Savayan/The Journal News Fujifilm North America's headquarters are located in an office building at 200 Summit Lake Drive in Valhalla.

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Mecca's lawyer, Agnes Fidelibus, said they would not comment on the case.

Fujifilm said in a statement that the company's officials "generally do not comment on these types of matters."

Mecca, a 39-year-old resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, worked at Fujifilm North America's headquarters at 200 Summit Lake Drive in Valhalla, officials said.

In that role, officials said, Mecca had authority to give out Achiever's points to employees through an incentive program that rewarded outstanding performance. Those points can then be redeemed for gift cards.

From March 1 to May 14, Mecca awarded herself 41,784,000 points, which she used to redeem $417,840 worth of gift cards, officials said.

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The theft was discovered by monitors of the points system who noticed suspicious activity in Mecca's account, officials said.

Mecca was arrested by Mount Pleasant police on May 14. She waived indictment by a grand jury and pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court to a felony charge of second-degree grand larceny as part of a superior court information.

Mecca is free on bail and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 18 and has been ordered to pay restitution.

Deidra Thomas, a DA spokeswoman, said Mecca was promised a prison sentence of 1 1/4 to 4 years in prison.

Gwen Galef is prosecuting the case.

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