A bookkeeper pleaded responsible this week to embezzling over a million from South Florida lawyer Laurence Leavy, in any other case referred to as Marlins Man.
Maria Alonso, who labored for Leavy for 17 years, confessed in federal court docket on Thursday after writing over 1,000 phony checks to herself from Leavy’s private and enterprise accounts since 2009, totaling over $1 million, the Solar-Sentinel reported. Leavy found the fraud throughout an audit in 2016.
Alonso, 59, generated pretend vendor invoices and used a pc in Leavy’s regulation agency to make checks to pay these invoices. She then made the checks into cash orders which she deposited into her checking account. She made the transactions within the Wells Fargo contained in the constructing the place Leavy operates his agency.
She pleaded responsible to financial institution fraud in federal court docket and obtained a four-year jail sentence for the offense. The plea settlement states that she can be on supervised launch for 5 years after her sentence. She can be ordered to repay the $1.5 million she stole from Leavy.
“As we dug an increasing number of and extra, it was staggering to me,” Leavy mentioned, in accordance with the Solar-Sentinel. “I felt professionally raped.”
Miguel Del Aguila, an lawyer for Alonso, mentioned that “she’s extraordinarily repentant for what she did.”
Leavy is finest identified for carrying an orange jersey and equipment to observe the Miami Marlins play. He has been seen touring the nation in his uniform to totally different video games by way of the years. He’s additionally well-known for purchasing strangers tickets to video games and asking that others do the identical.
Nevertheless, Leavy, who has season tickets to Marlins video games since 1993, has been lacking from the stands in the course of the 2018 season. The Miami lawyer has reportedly mentioned he is severed ties with the group due to the costs of tickets, in accordance with ESPN. Leavy mentioned the one approach he would pay to see the group is once they play the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
A bookkeeper confessed to embezzling $1.5 million from South Florida lawyer Laurence Leavy, in any other case referred to as Marlins Man. A Miami Marlins participant is pictured carrying a throwback jersey on June eight, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Picture: Eric Espada/Getty Photos