Josie Gonzalez, was a qualified lawyer, who once worked for a prestigious company in Melbourne, but is now in jail for catching $ 17.4 million in fraud. Together with her 51-year-old husband-lawyer Alvaro Gonzalez, she developed a scheme to deceive her employer in an insurance company, using fake invoices to pay for legal services, including for lawyers who had never heard of the business. Between March 2011 and June 2013, she sent more than 428 false accounts to Dale Australia from Jaag Lawyers, a company named after herself.
But the judge Paul Lacava said that today the company has neither offices nor customers. The couple pleaded no guilty to 14 charges of financial gain by fraud, but was convicted by the jury earlier this year.
The jury would never agree with their defense that the bill was $ 17.4 million. The United States targeted the actual legal services provided by such associates in just two years. He did not say that there was no regret for their insult, and despite the fact that the money was fully repaid, they did not apologize. He ordered her to spend at least seven years in a nine-year and six-month prison term. Alvaro Gonzalez will be eligible for parole after five years of his seven and a half years. Judge Lacava said the punishment included some mercy for the sake of their two little daughters, who would grow up with both parents.