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Private airline employee going to prison over scams

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An Antioch woman pleaded no contest on Monday to theft and fraud charges in connection with a series of scams committed while working for a private airline in San Mateo County, prosecutors said.

Kathryn Renee Wright, 45, pleaded no contest to felony grand theft by an employee, felony false statements to obtain unemployment benefits, felony identity theft and felony presenting a claim with false information, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Wright agreed to the plea on condition of a maximum sentence of two years, eight months in state prison.

Wright was a human resources administrator for XOJET, a Brisbane-based private airline company, from July 2012 to May 2013, prosecutors said.

During that time, she applied for unemployment insurance in the names of six employees and applied for credit cards in one employee’s name and a loan in another, prosecutors said.d

She also accepted flexible spending benefits for health and child care through the company without taking any payroll deductions from her paycheck, and forged a doctor’s signature to extend her disability benefits, prosecutors said.

She was initially arrested and charged with 26 felony counts of fraud and theft with an estimated value of $60,000.

Wright remains out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 7 for sentencing.

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