Louisiana woman admits stealing $1.5M from oilfield related company

The Associated Press

Susan M. Benoit, of Lafayette, plead guilty Thursday to two counts of wire fraud involving a Broussard oilfield related company.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1.5 million from a Broussard oilfield related company.

U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, in a news release Friday, said 54-year-old Susan M. Benoit, of Lafayette, entered the plea Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to two counts of wire fraud. The plea will become final after it is accepted by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell.

Hook's office says Benoit worked for the company from 1998 to 2016. As the accountant and later as chief financial officer, Benoit had access to the company's bank accounts and transferred nearly $1.5 million to her personal bank account.

Benoit faces up to 20 years in prison, restitution, forfeiture and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is set for April 10.

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