Former Facebook employee steals $4M from company

Former Facebook employee steals $4M from company

Former Facebook employee steals $4M from company

The ex-employee of Facebook in charge of diversity programs, Barbara Furlow-Smiles, admitted to conning over $4 million from the company.

She funded her expensive lifestyle by setting up fake vendors and charging falsely, according to the prosecutors in Atlanta. She worked at Facebook from 2017 to 2021 and has now pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud.

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On Monday, Furlow-Smiles admitted guilt in a court in Atlanta; they weren’t the leading DEI executive for Facebook, owned by Meta.

Prosecutors claim FurlowSmiles, 38, tricked Facebook into paying for nonexistent items and services, then collected kickbacks from the payees.

“These individuals included friends, relatives, former interns from a prior job, nannies and babysitters, a hair stylist, and her university tutor,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

In certain cases, prosecutors say FurlowSmiles had Facebook send money to individuals who didn’t pay her back, like sending $10,000 to an artist for custom paintings and over $18,000 to a preschool for fees.

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Former Facebook employee steals $4M from company

She tied her Facebook credit cards to PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App, using them to pay pals, family, and others for supposed services to Facebook.

US Attorney Ryan Buchanan announced that FurlowSmiles took advantage of her trusted role at Facebook, cheating the company out of a hefty sum without considering how this could sabotage the critical work in diversity she was responsible for.

The legal team mentioned that Meta had helped with the criminal probe. FurlowSmiles, living in Atlanta, has her sentencing on March 19 and is currently out on a $5,000 bail.

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A representative from Meta informed CNBC that they’re working with the police about the ex-employee’s situation and plan to keep doing so.

Lance Clarke, the attorney for FurlowSmiles, hasn’t yet replied to CNBC’s comment request.

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