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Fmr. Lewes Paralegal Sentenced to 2 Years for Embezzlement

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WILMINGTON, Del. - A real estate paralegal from Lewes, Del. was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion.

Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced the sentence Thursday for 50-year-old Penni Enama. In addition to serving prison time, Oberly said Enama will also pay full restitution.

Enama pleaded guilty to violations of wire fraud and tax evasion in December 2015. According to Oberly, Enama worked for an unnamed law firm in Rehoboth Beach for about two years when in May of 2007 she began embezzling funds from the escrow account. Oberly said Enama diverted money from the account to herself, then fabricated additional real estate closing parties in the firm's records. The total amount of embezzlement was at least $439,824.40 Oberly said. Oberly added that Enama also did not declare the embezzled funds on her federal income tax returns for the 2011-2013 tax years.

Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, who passed the sentence, commented that Enama's conduct was “quite involved, quite calculated, and disturbingly so.”

U.S. Attorney Oberly stated, “In yet another case involving a major breach of trust, Ms. Enama stole substantial funds from her employer, causing injury to both the law firm and its attorneys. While Ms. Enama was, until caught, living a dream life with stolen funds, she will now dream for the next two years that crime does not pay.”

“The sentence shows the strong impact of when the bond of trust between an employer and employee is violated by greed. The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division will work diligently so that the American public can trust that those who commit such crimes will be held accountable.” said Akeia Conner, Internal Revenue Service, Special Agent in Charge.

 This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Paxton.
 

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