Cleaning worker pleads guilty to stealing $30,000 from D.C. agency

A cleaning worker at the Economic Development and Regulation Center, a division of the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer, pled guilty to stealing $30,000 in checks from the agency Monday, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, Jr., reported.

Nineteen-year-old Yesenia E. Amaya pled guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. As part of her plea, the Hyattsville, Md., resident agreed to repay the money.

Amaya was employed by a building services company and worked on the evening shift cleaning the Southwest Washington offices of the Economic Development and Regulation Center. As part of her plea, she admitted that she took about 30 checks from an office there between July and November 2010. Each check had originally been made payable to the District.

According to the government’s evidence, Amaya added her name as a payee and took the checks to Maryland, where she deposited them into her own bank account. When investigators contacted Amaya, she admitted the offense.

The sentencing is expected for July 2011. Under federal guidelines, Amaya faces up to six to 12 months in jail.