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A former global diversity strategist at Facebook pleaded guilty to stealing over $4 million from the company through an “elaborate scheme involving fraudulent vendors, fictitious charges, and cash kickbacks,” according to federal prosecutors.
The former strategist, Barbara Furlow-Smiles, pleaded guilty to wire fraud related to the scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta stated.
From 2017-2021, Furlow-Smiles led Facebook’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs. Facebook changed its name to Meta in October 2021.
As Facebook’s lead strategist and global head of employee resource groups and diversity engagement, she was responsible for developing and executing DEI initiatives. She had access to company credit cards, was able to approve invoices, and used her positions to, according to prosecutors, “cheat and defraud the company.”
The Daily Wire reported that Furlow-Smiles linked PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App accounts to her Facebook credit cards …
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