Microsoft contractor sentenced for embezzlement scheme

A woman who was convicted earlier this year for stealing nearly half a million dollars from Microsoft has now received a sentence from the court. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Manyvone Phanhsiry will now be spending four years in a federal prison for the crime. After she gets out of prison she will still have three additional years under federal supervision. She admitted that she took debit cards paid for by Microsoft and used them on herself instead of giving them to Microsoft interns for housing.

While working for Cartus Corp under a contract for Microsoft, Phanhsiry ordered over 150 of these debit cards that had between $2,500 to $5,000 each in money from Microsoft. The total amount came to $457,000. The cards were in the names of the interns that came to the Seattle area to work at Microsoft. However, Phanhsiry decided to use the cards for herself. She paid for several cars, cosmetic surgery, trips to Las Vegas and even her own wedding with the debit cards. Her theft was discovered when one of those Microsoft interns got a tax statement for the debit card made out in his name by Phanhsiry.

Phanhsiry was fired by Cartus Corp after the truth was discovered, but to make matters worse she filed for an unemployment claim, telling the government that she was laid off rather than terminated. She received $53,500 in unemployment funds until the government found out the truth. Cartus Corp said that her actions also threatened the company with a shut down if they had lost its contract with Microsoft.

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Flagrant. This is amazing. She first thought she could just get away with stealing 500K and then tried to get unemployment?! That lady has balls.

Skwerl said,
Flagrant. This is amazing. She first thought she could just get away with stealing 500K and then tried to get unemployment?! That lady has balls.
Before or after the surgeries?

Wow.

I had an employee of ours embezzle money from us about 2 years ago, we finally finished court and sentencing proceedings about 4 months ago. He got about $80,000 from us, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole, and 5 years probation after.
His wife got 6 years without parole, and 5 years probation.
His brother got 2 years with parole for good behavior, only because he provided a lot of evidence to help sentence his brother.

FarCry3r said,
Used half a million and get 4 years jail? Damn, sign me to be a Microsoft contractor please!

And then ripped off the government for another $50,000+

What's the max unemployment rate out there. Obviously WAY higher than here in Michigan!!

cork1958 said,

And then ripped off the government for another $50,000+

What's the max unemployment rate out there. Obviously WAY higher than here in Michigan!!

No wonder the government is broke. Giving people not working $50,000 when they earned $45,000 while employed? Unfortunately it's unclear how long she was unemployed, but something tells me it was not even two years.

Not to mention, how hard would it be for the government to send a letter, or a phone call to verify that they were laid off and not fired?

pickypg said,
No wonder the government is broke. Giving people not working $50,000 when they earned $45,000 while employed? Unfortunately it's unclear how long she was unemployed, but something tells me it was not even two years.

Not to mention, how hard would it be for the government to send a letter, or a phone call to verify that they were laid off and not fired?


Yeah, don't they have unemployment hearings out there? I think this is an example of a broken system.