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Near $1M theft leads to 33-month sentence

NEW ORLEANS – A local woman was sentenced to almost three years in jail for masterminding the theft of nearly a million dollars from her employer, authorities said.

Angie Cambre, 43, of LaPlace was sentenced Wednesday to a one-count bill of information charging her with wire fraud. She had faced up to 20 years in jail following a plea agreement reached in August.

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, through a release, said U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance imposed the sentence, which included 33 months imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Additionally, Cambre was ordered to pay more than $940,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, Cambre was hired in August 2011 as an accountant and bookkeeper for a commercial printing company headquartered in New Orleans that specializes in printing materials, such as flyers and manuals, geared toward the automotive industry.

Between November 2011 and June 2016, Cambre embezzled approximately $940,336.24 through thousands of transactions by causing the payments sent to accounts under her control.

To disguise her behavior and make the fraudulent, unauthorized withdrawals appear legitimate, Cambre recorded the transactions in the company’s ledger as legitimate expenditures made payable to various corporate entities with whom her employer had business relationships.

Cambre was initially charged in May.