Former Bay Area airline employee sentenced to jail for fraud scheme

REDWOOD CITY (KRON) — A judge in Redwood City has sentenced a former employee of a private San Mateo airline company to 2 years, 8 months in county jail, along with $74,200 in damages, to victims in her fraud scheme, according to prosecutors.

Kathryn Wright, 45, of Antioch, was denied probation and could be ordered to pay additional restitution for more victims in the future, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wright was a human resources administrator for Brisbane-based XOJET from July 2012 to May 2013, prosecutors said.

During this time, she had access to other employees’ personal information, which prosecutors said she used later to apply for unemployment insurance in the name of six employees.

She also applied for credit cards in the name of one of the employees and for a loan under another’s name, prosecutors said.

Additionally, prosecutors said she took flexible spending benefits for both health and child care through her former employer without taking payroll deductions, and forged a doctor’s signature to extend disability benefits.

After she was arrested, she was charged with 26 felony counts of fraud and theft. She pleaded no contest to four of those counts on June 15, prosecutors said.

She admitted to grand theft by an employee, false statements to obtain unemployment benefits, identity theft and presenting a claim with false information, according to prosecutors.

Besides serving her county jail term, Wright has to pay $74,200 in restitution to six victims who provided documentation to the court, Wagstaffe said.The judge also set more restitution in an amount still to be

The judge also set more restitution in an amount still to be determined for nine other victims that have not yet submitted documentation, Wagstaffe added.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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