Two Accounting Department Employees Also Charged With Participating In the Scheme
Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging LOUIS LLUBERES, a/k/a “Luis Lluberes,” MOISES LLUBERES, MARIA AGUILAR, a/k/a “Maria Hewitt,” and MARIA LOPEZ with conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering stemming from their years-long scheme to fraudulently boost the revenues of their temporary staffing company (“Company-1”) and launder funds through a series of shell companies before mischaracterizing the money as collections from customers. The scheme allowed Company-1 to fraudulently obtain more than $500 million on its line of credit from a U.S. bank (“Bank-1”) and supported the sale of Company-1 to a group of investors (the “Investor Group”) at a grossly inflated price. LOUIS LLUBERES, MOISES LLUBERES, AGUILAR, and LOPEZ were arrested this morning in the Middle District of Florida, and will be presented this afternoon in that district. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick.