Dartmouth woman indicted for allegedly embezzling thousands

May 10, 2024

BOSTON — A Dartmouth woman was indicted in Boston by a federal grand jury for allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from two separate employers, announced Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division.

Jasmyne Botelho, 41, has been charged with two counts of wire fraud and was previously arrested and charged by criminal complaint in December 2023.

Charging documents indicate that between September 2017 and April 2020, Botelho stole “at least” $280,000 from her employer by allegedly directing payments to bank accounts within her control under the pretense they were for company vendors — allegedly falsifying her employer’s records to appear legitimate. In addition, she reportedly used company funds to make payments on personal credit cards and an auto loan. 

It is further alleged that, between May 2022 and December 2023, Botelho improperly inflated her payroll from another employer by more than $160,000 and reportedly concealed the scheme by manipulating her employer’s payroll and accounting software to hide her inflated payroll as well as phony “reimbursements” she paid herself, according to documents.

The charge of wire fraud provides a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.