Yuba City woman convicted in employment fraud case

May 14, 2015 7:58 PM by News Staff

A Yuba City woman is facing 20 years in prison after she was convicted Thursday of creating a fake company and then manipulating a hiring agency into placing her into a job with her fake company, a scheme that ultimately cost the hiring agency more than half a million dollars.

According to court documents, Denise Wasicki, 40, of Yuba City, defrauded a staffing and payroll agency out of more than $500,000 in an employee recruitment scheme for a fake business.

The scheme started in June 2009 when Wasicki was hired by a staffing agency based in Maryland to fill a temporary position at a hospital in Yuba City.

After working the temp job Wasicki, using an alias, created a fake company called Healthcare Quality Management Group. Wasicki, posing as "Jackie Stemmons" then enlisted the services of the same Maryland based staffing agency to fill a manager position in the fictitious Yuba City Healthcare Quality Management Group Office, actually recommending herself as the person who should be hired.

Because Wasicki had been employed by the agency previously, they were able to expedite her hiring and ultimately placed her in an office manager position.

Between July 28, 2009, and May 12, 2010, Wasicki sent time cards and requests for expense reimbursements to the agency for herself and for an assistant office manager at the fictional medical office. As part of the scheme, Wasicki sent the agency fraudulent checks to reimburse it for payroll services it provided, all of which were drawn on fictitious accounts and all of which bounced.

The scheme cost the hiring agency more than $500,000.

Wasicki will be sentenced August 6, and is facing up to 20 years in prison.


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