Deceit to pay for & # 39; hex on ex & # 39 ;: former NYC Human Resources employee has been in jail for 20 years after admitting having stolen money for a & # 39; supernatural curse & # 39; to put on her ex boyfriend
- Eliana Bauta, 35, stole money from the NYC Human Resources Administration
- She and two others forged documents to secure the emergency benefits
- After pleading guilty, Bauta is sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing public money
A former Human Resources employee from New York City has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing government money to put a curse on her ex-boyfriend.
Eliana Bauta, 35, pleaded guilty on Thursday to the federal court of Manhattan to steal a federal program designed to redistribute taxpayers' money to needy New Yorkers.
Last month, she also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud while working at the Human Resources Administration in New York to get emergency benefits and give them to family and friends.
& # 39; I gave benefits to people who were not entitled to it & # 39 ;, said Bauta, read from a prepared statement, before Circuit Judge Valerie Caproni.
Eliana Bauta, 35, from the Bronx, worked at the Human Resources Administration in New York City (photo)
Prosecutors claimed that Bauta and two co-defendants were working on arrangements to forge police reports to obtain the money.
On one occasion, she would have made a request to provide assistance to a person affected by a disaster – except that the disaster never really happened.
In fact, the money went to compensating someone for placing a hexagon on her ex.
Bauta faces up to 10 years in prison for the federal theft counting program and up to 20 years for the wire fraud conspiracy count. She is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
& # 39; HRA employees such as Eliana Bauta can use their positions to help those in need.
Instead, as she now admits, Bauta greatly abused that trust by stealing with her co-conspirators hundreds of thousands of dollars destined for the needy in New York, & # 39; said Manhattan American lawyer, Geoffrey Berman.