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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Accused Embezzler Maria Dionisio Claimed $450K Salary for Unemployment Insurance

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

click to enlarge Maria Lourdes Dionisio allegedly violated one of the first rules of embezzlement -- you're supposed to keep it a secret
  • Maria Lourdes Dionisio allegedly violated one of the first rules of embezzlement -- you're supposed to keep it a secret
A pair of women accused of ripping off their San Francisco software company for a cool $2.6 million may go down as the most inept thieves of all-time.

Maria Lourdes Dionisio, 46, and Hannah Yah, 56, formerly of San Franisco's Autonomy, Inc. proved that it's worthwhile to read every last word of the press releases spewing forth from both the city's police department and district attorney's office. According to said releases, the two would have likely gotten away clean -- if only Dionisio didn't claim her annual income was $449,740 when filing for unemployment insurance in May. This, as you may imagine, resulted in a few red flags.

Yes, this harks to the 1993 bombers of the World Trade Center getting busted after they tried to recover the $400 deposit for their van. It is akin to an online predator listing "online predation" as a hobby in his profile. This is a Jay Leno Headlines-worthy bungle.

click to enlarge Alleged embezzler Hannah Yau may be wishing she chose her associate more carefully
  • Alleged embezzler Hannah Yau may be wishing she chose her associate more carefully
Dionisio, of Pacifica, was a payroll clerk at the British-based San Francisco business software firm and Yau, of Fremont, was a financial analyst. The two are charged with pocketing around $1.3 million apiece of money they were supposed to be overseeing during a four-year run.

Both were arraigned today: Dionisio on grand theft, embezzlement, and "computer use crimes" -- all felonies;  Yau is charged with grand theft and embezzlement. Bail is set at $1 million for each defendant. Each charge carries a possible prison sentence of thre years, with the massive amount of money involved possibly leading to an additional three years overall.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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