WA woman took money intended for Microsoft interns
Thursday, August 25, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Lynnwood, Wash., woman who stole more than $450,000 allocated for Microsoft Corp. interns and used the money to pay for luxury cars, plastic surgery and Las Vegas trips has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Prosecutors say 33-year-old Manyvone Phanhsiry was also ordered to repay the money. She was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Seattle for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The U.S. attorney's office says she worked for Cartus Corp., a company that provided relocation services to Microsoft. She was in charge of ordering and distributing debit cards to Microsoft interns who could use the money placed in the debit card accounts to pay for housing during their internship. The woman ordered at least 150 debit cards sent to her home, and then withdrew money from the accounts by using the identities of more than 150 interns.