Former San Antonio office manager sentenced for embezzling $450K

Helen Benevides Mora Picaso will spend 20 months in prison


SAN ANTONIO – A former officer manager was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in federal prison after she embezzled more than $450,000 from her employer, officials said.

Helen Benevides Mora Picaso, 44, worked for a San Antonio businessman, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The woman, who is referred to as Benevides on subsequent references by officials, also must pay $464,132.27 in restitution.

She’ll be on supervised release for three years after her prison term is complete, a judge said.

Benavides, who is from San Antonio, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to 10 counts of embezzlement, according to officials. She has to surrender to federal prison by Feb. 9, 2017.

Benavides admitted that until she was fired in May 2014, she wrote about 485 unauthorized checks to herself, her relatives, or to pay her personal bills, officials said. She covered her tracks by making false entries on check stubs, with respect to amounts and payees, the news release said.

The FBI helped prosecute the case.

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