Worcester Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement From Insurance Company

January 23, 2001

Jetzenia Ortiz, 24, of Worcester, Mass., was sentenced to 15 months in prison, $400,000 in restitution for embezzling that same amount from her employer, Unum Provident.

Ortiz pleaded guilty to the charges, saying that between January and July of last year she manipulated the claims system computer database and caused Unum Provident to issue fraudulent insurance policy checks. Ortiz then directed the checks to a third-party who deposited the money into a Georgia bank account and later returned it to Ortiz.

Ortiz used the funds to purchase various retail items, automobiles, and real property. The investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was led by Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Hodgens, Jr., Chief of Stern’s Worcester Office.

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