Woman gets 4 years for identity theft, mail fraud

March 25, 2019

A judge today ordered a woman who stole more than $120,000 from her boss and his company to spend more than four years in federal prison.

Marianne Matchette, 52, had access to Maxim Medical Services credit cards and helped manage the personal finances of President and CEO Philip Cowart when she worked for the Churubusco-based company from 2014 to 2015.

She used that access to pay for her own home improvements, medical bills, payments on her daughter’s credit card and furniture shipped to a relative in Ohio.

″(Matchette) was a trusted employee and she became a trusted confidant, and she took advantage of that,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey Speith said during a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne.

Chief Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Matchette to 27 months for aggravated identity theft and two years in prison for mail fraud. Matchette also was ordered to pay almost 83,000 to insurance companies.

She was charged in 2016 in a 15-count indictment that alleged she made several purchases from Overstock.com, Planet Fitness and Von Maur. In 2014, Matchette made wire transfers from the CEO’s bank account to her own, according to court documents.

Thirteen charges were dismissed as part of an agreement with prosecutors.