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At the time of the theft, Miranda was a Dunbar Armored supervisor with access privilege to company vaults. He stole cash from the Dunbar vault by using "dummy" stacks of $100 bills that he switched out for real stacks of $100,000. First, Miranda created "dummy" stacks of $100,000 by taking hundreds of $1 bills and sandwiching them between $100 bills - in order to make them appear to be stacks of $100 bills totaling $100,000.He then smuggled the "dummy" stacks into the Dunbar vault, where he and his co-conspirator, Monique Castruita, 36, of Maywood, switched them for real stacks of $100,000. Miranda and Castruita then marked the dummy stacks to ensure they were not placed into circulation.Finally, Miranda smuggled the real stacks of money out of the vault room by hiding it in a postal box. On three occasions between October 2017 and January 2018, Miranda smuggled a total of approximately $300,000 out of the Dunbar facility.In March 2018, defendant's scheme was finally exposed when a Dunbar employee discovered 19 empty money straps in the trash can of a women's restroom. Ultimately, the loss to Dunbar totaled $279,369.Castruita pleaded guilty in November 2018 to one count of conspiracy to commit bank theft and three counts of bank theft. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 29.
[E]mployees at Diageo North America (DNA), Diageo's largest and most profitable subsidiary, pressured distributors to buy products in excess of demand in order to meet internal sales targets in the face of declining market conditions. The resulting increase in shipments enabled Diageo to meet performance targets and to report higher growth in key performance indicators that were closely followed by investors and analysts. The order finds that Diageo failed to disclose the trends that resulted from shipping products in excess of demand, the positive impact the overshipping had on sales and profits, and the negative impact that the unnecessary increase in inventory would have on future growth. The order further finds that investors were instead left with the misleading impression that Diageo and DNA were able to achieve growth in certain key performance indicators through normal customer demand for Diageo's products.
[E]nigma raised approximately $45 million from sales of its digital assets (called ENG Tokens) in 2017. The SEC's order finds that ENG Tokens are securities and that Enigma did not register its ICO as a securities offering pursuant to the federal securities laws and its ICO did not qualify for an exemption from the registration requirements.