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August 26, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Four-year sentence for woman who stole from Microsoft

A Lynnwood woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison and ordered to repay nearly half a million dollars she stole from a housing fund for Microsoft interns, writes Seattle Times reporter Jeff Hodson.

Manyvone Phanhsiry, 33, was accused of ordering debit cards for the interns, many of whom came from overseas, and withdrawing funds from those cards over a two-year period, Hodson writes in The Blotter, The Seattle Times’ crime blog. Phanhsiry used the money to pay for luxury cars, a wedding, trips to Las Vegas and plastic surgery, according to U.S. State’s Attorney Jenny Durkan’s office.

Phanhsiry worked for Cartus Corp., a Kirkland company that provided relocation services to Microsoft and other large companies, from August 2005 to June 2009.

The fraud was discovered when a Microsoft intern asked the company why he received a tax form for a debit card he had never used. Phanhsiry was fired from Cartus, and the company repaid the money to Microsoft after an investigation, Hodson writes.

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