Judy M. Green, of Baytown, admitted embezzling over $3 million from her employer over a 10 year period. She pleaded guilty to wire fraud and will be sentenced in August. Ms. Green faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.
Her employer, Liqua Tech services commercial properties and focused on roofing, siding and building maintenance for those properties. Ms. Green was hired in 1994 and served as the primary and often only manager of accounts payable for the company.
As part of her duties, Ms. Green received and entered invoices and presented them to the owner for her signature or approval for payment. She would then produce the physical checks for the owner to sign as Ms. Green did not have signature authority.
Beginning in December 2011 and continuing until July 2022, Ms. Green devised a scheme to divert funds for her own personal use. She began to create fake invoices in the name of legitimate vendors. Once she got those invoices approved by the owner, she would change the payee name in the accounting system to one of her or her children’s credit card companies. She would then physically print the check, forge the owner’s signature and mail the check to the credit card company to cover her personal debts. Ms. Green would then go back in the system and change the payee back to the original listed vendor.
The scheme was uncovered In the summer of 2022 when the owner noticed a large payment to an unknown credit card company.