BOSTON — A Tewksbury woman has been charged in a superseding indictment for allegedly embezzling more than $1.8 million from her employer and collecting unemployment benefits while employed full-time.
Joanne Dinoto aka Joanne Mara, 47, was charged in a superseding indictment with one additional count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. In November 2021, Dinoto was charged with one count of bank fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated impersonation.
According to the charging document, between December 2013 and April 2020, Dinoto stole more than $1.8 million from his employer, an Acton-based flooring company, by falsely inflating his compensation, using the credit card. business credit from her employer for her personal expenses and writing at least two checks to herself on her employer’s checking account. To hide his scheme, Dinoto would have modified the accounting records of his employer. It is also alleged that during the period of August 2020 to May 2021, Dinoto collected unemployment benefits from the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance under his real Social Security number, while also working full-time for a Wilmington-based lighting company under a fake social security number. . The replacement indictment further alleges that between 2015 and 2020, Dinoto failed to report more than $1 million in funds she embezzled from the Acton Company or her salary from the Wilmington Company in his federal income tax returns.
The bank fraud charge carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million or double the gross gain or loss. The wire fraud charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 or double the gross gain or loss. The charge of filing a false tax return carries a sentence of up to three years in prison, one year of probation and a fine of up to $250,000. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 or double the gross gain or loss. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston office; Joleen D. Simpson, special agent in charge of criminal investigations for the Internal Revenue Service in Boston; and Jonathan Mellone, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, made the announcement today. The Acton Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen A. Kearney of Rollins’ Securities, Finance and Cyber Fraud Unit is pursuing the case.
The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.