KANSAS CITY – A Filipino woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $100,000 (P5 million) from a United States Naval base in Japan, according to Federal prosecutors on Monday, August 22.
Cynthia Lopez Creseni on Friday, August 18, pleaded guilty to theft, of public money amounting to $99,068 from the Morale Welfare and Recreation Center (MWR) at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.
The Filipina, who had worked at the base since 2000, was the lead cashier of the game/slot room when the incident occurred. She officially reported the missing funds after returning from her vacation in U.S. in February 2015 and initially denied taking the money.
She was then placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Interviews of Creseni’s co-workers suggested that the Filipina is suffering from financial difficulties.
Creseni, after some time, vacated her home in Japan and moved to the Philippines. Efforts to locate had failed, until investigators learned that she flew to U.S. in July 2015.
She was located in Overland Park, Kansas and arrested by federal agents on January 24 earlier this year over immigration violations for overstaying her visa.
Sentencing is scheduled for the fourth of January next year.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Moore; and was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). (AJPress)