August 05, 2022
A former human resources manager was sentenced to more than four years in prison last Friday over a scam that embezzled $1.7 million earmarked for diversity recruitment, the US Attorney’s office reported. The case involved two other firms that purportedly performed recruitment work.
The former HR manager — Judith Fernandez-Adelugba, 45, of Stevenson Ranch, California — was also ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution, according to the office. She previously pleaded guilty in August 2021 to one count of wire fraud.
While the US Attorney’s office in its announcement referred to the company Fernandez-Adelugba worked for as “company-1,” court records refer the victim company in this lawsuit as American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
Fernandez-Adelugba worked as an HR manager at the firm, which had operations in Santa Clarita, California, according to the office. It specialized in the design and development of racing engines, chassis and various high-performance automotive parts.
Fernandez-Adelugba worked with two other companies as part of the scheme, according to the office. Those two other firms submitted fake invoices for diversity recruitment-related services purportedly performed. Those services included posting job openings, placing job-related advertisements, searching for candidates and successfully recruiting candidates.
One of the firms,…