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Facebook’s chief diversity officer admits to stealing more than $4 million to fund her lavish lifestyle, including more than $18,000 for preschool tuition<!-- wp:html --><p><a href="https://whatsnew2day.com/">WhatsNew2Day - Latest News And Breaking Headlines</a></p> <div> <p><strong>Barbara Furlow-Smiles, 38, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4 million from Facebook</strong><br /> <span class="mol-style-bold">The former global diversity executive used her position to make fraudulent charges and receive kickbacks for payments.</span></p> <p class="author-section byline-plain">By Rachel Bowman for Dailymail.Com </p> <p class="byline-section"><span class="article-timestamp article-timestamp-published"> <span class="article-timestamp-label">Published:</span> 16:43 EST, December 13, 2023 </span> | <span class="article-timestamp article-timestamp-updated"> <span class="article-timestamp-label">Updated:</span> 18:01 EST, December 13, 2023 </span> </p> <p> <!-- ad: https://mads.dailymail.co.uk/v8/us/news/none/article/other/para_top.html --> <!-- CWV --><!--(if !IE)>>--> <!-- <!--(if IE)>--></p> <p> <!--(if !IE)>>--> <!--<!--(if IE)>--></p> <p> <!--(if !IE)>>--> <!--<!--(if gte IE 8)>>--> <!-- <!--(if IE 8)>--></p> <p> <!--(if IE 9)>--></p> <p> <!--(if IE)>--></p> <p> <!--(if !IE)> --> <!--</p> <p> <!-- SiteCatalyst code version: H.20.3. 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Buchanan. </p> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">Former Facebook global diversity executive Barbara Furlow-Smiles (pictured) has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4 million from the company.</p> </div> <p class="mol-para-with-font">‘Motivated by greed, she used her time to orchestrate an elaborate criminal scheme in which fraudulent sellers paid her cash bribes. She even involved family, friends and other associates in her crimes, all to finance a lavish lifestyle through fraud rather than honest hard work.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The Furlow-Smiles scheme operated in two ways to get Facebook to pay for goods and services they never received and for which she received kickbacks. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The former diversity executive linked PayPal, Venmo and Cash App accounts to her Facebook credit cards and used those accounts to pay friends, family and other associates for goods and services allegedly provided to Facebook.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">However, those people never provided goods and services to the company. To conceal the fraudulent charges, Furlow-Smiles submitted false expense reports alleging that its associates provided services such as merchandise or marketing services.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Once they received payment from Facebook, her associates sent most of the money to Furlow-Smiles, either in cash or by transfer to accounts in her or her husband’s name.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">To conceal the transactions, her associates sometimes wrapped the cash in other items such as T-shirts or she ordered them to pay each other. </p> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">He also got the company to make payments for his profits in other ways, including payments of more than $18,000 to a preschool to cover tuition.</p> </div> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Furlow-Smiles also caused Facebook to recruit or offer contracts to people who paid her bribes, including friends, relatives, ex-interns from a previous job, babysitters and babysitters, a hairstylist, and her college tutor.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">He also got the company to make payments for his profits in other ways, including payments of nearly $10,000 to an artist for specialized portraits and more than $18,000 to a preschool for tuition. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“Furlow-Smiles used lies and deception to defraud both Facebook suppliers and employees,” said Keri Farley, special agent in charge of the FBI in Atlanta. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“The FBI works hard to ensure that greed like this does not pay off and that those who commit fraud are held accountable.”</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Furlow-Smiles is scheduled to be sentenced on March 19 before U.S. District Judge Steven D. 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Barbara Furlow-Smiles, 38, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4 million from Facebook
The former global diversity executive used her position to make fraudulent charges and receive kickbacks for payments.

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A former Facebook global diversity executive has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4 million from the company.

Barbara Furlow-Smiles, 38, served as senior strategist, global head of employee resource groups and diversity engagement at Facebook from approximately January 2017 to September 2021.

During that time, lawyers from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia said he cheated and defrauded the company of more than $4 million.

He charged fraudulent invoices to Facebook, then took bribes and used the money to live a luxury lifestyle in California and Georgia.

“This defendant abused a trusted position as Facebook’s global diversity executive to defraud the company of millions of dollars, ignoring the insidious consequences of undermining the importance of its DEI mission,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan.

Former Facebook global diversity executive Barbara Furlow-Smiles (pictured) has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4 million from the company.

‘Motivated by greed, she used her time to orchestrate an elaborate criminal scheme in which fraudulent sellers paid her cash bribes. She even involved family, friends and other associates in her crimes, all to finance a lavish lifestyle through fraud rather than honest hard work.

The Furlow-Smiles scheme operated in two ways to get Facebook to pay for goods and services they never received and for which she received kickbacks.

The former diversity executive linked PayPal, Venmo and Cash App accounts to her Facebook credit cards and used those accounts to pay friends, family and other associates for goods and services allegedly provided to Facebook.

However, those people never provided goods and services to the company. To conceal the fraudulent charges, Furlow-Smiles submitted false expense reports alleging that its associates provided services such as merchandise or marketing services.

Once they received payment from Facebook, her associates sent most of the money to Furlow-Smiles, either in cash or by transfer to accounts in her or her husband’s name.

To conceal the transactions, her associates sometimes wrapped the cash in other items such as T-shirts or she ordered them to pay each other.

He also got the company to make payments for his profits in other ways, including payments of more than $18,000 to a preschool to cover tuition.

Furlow-Smiles also caused Facebook to recruit or offer contracts to people who paid her bribes, including friends, relatives, ex-interns from a previous job, babysitters and babysitters, a hairstylist, and her college tutor.

He also got the company to make payments for his profits in other ways, including payments of nearly $10,000 to an artist for specialized portraits and more than $18,000 to a preschool for tuition.

“Furlow-Smiles used lies and deception to defraud both Facebook suppliers and employees,” said Keri Farley, special agent in charge of the FBI in Atlanta.

“The FBI works hard to ensure that greed like this does not pay off and that those who commit fraud are held accountable.”

Furlow-Smiles is scheduled to be sentenced on March 19 before U.S. District Judge Steven D. Grimberg.

Facebook’s chief diversity officer admits to stealing more than $4 million to fund her lavish lifestyle, including more than $18,000 for preschool tuition

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