$100 Million Funds Embezzled by Former Civilian Employee from Army; Pleads Guilty in Court

Houston, TX: On Thursday, a civilian employee of the United States Army admitted guilt on ten counts related to the theft of $100 million from the agency. The case was heard in a federal tribunal.

The 57-year-old Janet Yamanaka Mello was indicted on one count of aggravated identity theft, four counts of participating in a monetary transaction over $10,000 using proceeds from criminal activity, and five counts of mail fraud, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Her sentencing is anticipated for Mello on May 29. Her bond will be maintained.

Each fraud offense carries a potential sentence of 20 years in prison for Mello. Each spending statute charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and the aggravated identity theft charge carries a minimum sentence of 2 years.

Mello reportedly managed civilian money programs at Fort Sam Houston, according to authorities.

Using the excuse that Child Health and Youth Lifelong Development served military families and members, she embezzled over $100 million from the Army, according to a press release.

According to the authorities, that locality did not receive any assistance from Child Health and Youth Lifelong Development, an organization that Mello oversaw.

Among Mello’s many alleged transgressions is the repeated forgery of a supervisor’s digital signature and the submission of fictitious papers claiming the services.

“The indictment alleges that Mello instead used the funds to buy millions of dollars in jewelry, clothing, vehicles, and real estate,” states the announcement.

Also, she would have to turn up any assets she got from the alleged crime, including money or products.

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