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May 30, 2014

FBI: City woman stole $1M

Charged with using PayPal to take company's money


The court indictment in the case calls for the government to seize Allen’s property, including these item listed in the court documents: $11,894 in cash, the property at 15 Spring Hill Ave. in Haverhill, a 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline sedan, a 1965 factory replica Cobra roadster, a 1967 Mustang coupe, a 1970 Dodge Challenger and a 2013 Jeep Wrangler sports utility vehicle.

The court paperwork said Allen stole the money between January 2009 and March 2014. The documents said she was employed “as an accounts payable specialist at a privately held information technology staffing company.’’ The documents did not name the company.

“As part of her job, Allen was responsible for reconciling the monthly account statements for American Express credit cards issued to certain ... employees,’’ the indictment said. “Allen was also permitted to use a corporate American Express card, issued in the name of (the company’s founder).’’

The indictment said that sometime around 2007, the company established a PayPal account to receive payments from clients.

“PayPal is an Internet-based payments and money transfer service based in San Jose, California,’’ the indictment said. “Among other things, PayPal allows users to associate their PayPal accounts with bank accounts or credit cards, and then to make purchases from vendors or to send money to other PayPal accounts .... Allen had access to the corporate PayPal account, which she ultimately used in the furtherance of the fraud scheme.’’

The case is being prosecuted by Stephen E. Frank of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

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