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Mathews woman sentenced for theft of government property

Computer fraud and theft of government property in connection with an extensive timekeeping fraud that resulted in losses of over $1.4 million, which she was ordered to pay in restitution. 

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Michelle M. Holt, 52, was previously employed as a federal employee of the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Holt  worked as a secretary for the U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command, Communication Support Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. She was a salaried employee on the General Schedule (GS) grade for the federal civilian workforce.

As such, she was entitled to overtime pay if authorized by her employer, and was also entitled to other forms of holiday and annual leave, and premium pay for any federal holidays worked.

A law enforcement investigation determined that from December 2001 to July 2018, Holt falsely claimed over 42,000 hours in unauthorized time for hours she did not work, along wi...

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