WASHINGTON (CN) – A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former cashier at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti to 18 months in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from the U.S. State Department.
Jean G. Saint-Joy, 44, also known as Gary Saint-Joy, pleaded guilty to the theft in February. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina sentenced him to 18 months in prison and restitution in the amount of the theft.
Saint-Joy admitted that from 2003 until 2008, while working at the embassy, he submitted documents to the State Department falsely claiming he needed reimbursement for legitimate embassy expenses.
Saint-Joy also said he made fraudulent requests for cash advances from the embassy’s cash advance accounts with two banks in Port-au-Prince.
The total amount of Saint-Joy’s theft was about $849,000, the Justice Department said.
The case is being prosecuted by Ethan H. Levisohn and Marc Levin.