Dawn Mininberg, 47, of Easton, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Friday before U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud stemming from her theft of more than $250,000 from her employer.
The guilty plea was announced by Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Mininberg worked for a company located in Greenwich. Mininberg provided financial services to the company and was issued an American Express corporate credit card for business purposes. As part of her duties, she prepared expense reports justifying the charges to all of the corporate credit cards, including her own.
In pleading guilty, Mininberg admitted that she charged more than $250,000 in personal expenses to her corporate credit card for clothing and other items purchased at high-end stores, theater tickets, children’s parties and lessons, charitable donations, vacations and the purchase of an $11,000 jungle gym.
Mininberg used her position to hide her expenditure of these corporate funds for personal items, categorizing them as office supplies, meals, meetings or lodging.
Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for April 8, 2016, at which time Mininberg faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
This matter is being investigated by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, the US Secret Service and the Greenwich Police Dept. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller.