ALBANY, new york – New York accountant has admitted stealing at least $3.1 million from Minnesota-based grain company, she worked in the Port of Albany.
Diane Backis, Athens, New York, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Albany to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. The Procurator of the s. S. Richard Hartunian says Backis not only stole from Cargill Inc., but caused at least $25 million in losses to the company by the manipulation of the customer’s invoices and payments.
Backis admitted she stole hundreds of client’s payments of more than 10 years. As part of her guilty plea, she agreed to an amount of at least $3.5 million in restitution to Cargill and lose its house and other assets.
She is facing up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on March 28.