Fox 5 San Diego is reporting that 32-year-old Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes, an employee aboard the Disney Wonder, was arraigned in federal court yesterday (October 30) with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle more than $275,000 from the Walt Disney Co. Gomes, a citizen of Brazil, was a merchandise host employed in the stores aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship since at least October 2015.
The Wonder returned to San Diego on October 27, after an itinerary to Mexico, where federal agents were waiting to arrest Gomes. According to prosecutors, the agents read him his rights and Gomes then proceeded to confess to the charges.
Court records show that he was allegedly using his access to the VeriFone payment system to obtain money fraudulently from the Walt Disney Co. Records go on to say that Gomes made approximately $275,000 in unauthorized charges to Disney’s bank account. The funds were then loaded onto Disney gift cards. $35,000 of these embezzled funds were used on lodging, food, beverage, merchandise and entertainment while taking his family on a Walt Disney world Vacation.
Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes is awaiting a detention hearing tomorrow and will remain in federal custody until that time.
Source Credit: Fox 5 San Diego