Three sentenced to prison for stealing millions from oil giant

March 14, 2012 12:25:21 PM PDT
Three former employees of Davis-Lynch have been handed lengthy prison sentences for stealing millions from the oil company and using it to buy lavish items.

Nancy Moreno, 55, was sentenced to serve 30 years, Yvette Ybarra Trevino, 47, was sentenced to serve 15 years, and Ernest Trevino, 44, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. A judge also ordered that restitution of approximately $13 million be paid to the company as a condition of parole.

The former employees of Davis-Lynch were charged after an internal audit revealed more than $13 million had been stolen from the company and company equipment was found at the home of Moreno. Further investigation led authorities to discover that the employees used the money also to purchase luxurious homes, jewelry and vacations.

"Davis-Lynch was founded as a small, family- operated business, and Nancy Moreno was trusted completely. She would have coffee with the CEO in the morning, chat with him about news and such, and then steal him blind when his back was turned," Assistant District Attorney Wendy Baker said in a statement. "She started as the company receptionist, and although she had no formal training or college education, she eventually rose to act as the chief financial officer for the business. She and her codefendants were trusted, valued employees who betrayed the Davis-Lynch families."

Three others also have been charged in the case.