Criminal Mindless

Two Bay Area women have been arrested for embezzling $2.6 million from their employer, a business software company called Autonomy, Inc. One of the women worked in the payroll department, using her perch to pay unauthorized bonuses to herself and her buddy. And they would have gotten away with it, but for a monumental screw up:

Two Bay Area women were arrested and charged with embezzlement Wednesday after allegedly writing $2.6 million in bonus checks to themselves over a four-year period at a San Francisco software company, prosecutors said.

The investigation started shortly after one of the women, Maria Lourdes B. Dionisio, 46, of Pacifica, filed for unemployment insurance in May after she was fired from the firm for unrelated reasons. Dionisio listed annual pay of nearly $450,000, far above her $63,000 salary, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said.

Emphasis added, of course. It's almost like she wanted to get caught.

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