Britney Obstar, a former marketing manager at Adidas, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison after admitting to master-minding a fraud scheme that conned the company out of $336,000. Obstar must also pay back the company in full, in addition to serving three years of supervised probation upon release from prison.
Obstar pleaded guilty in November 2011 to one count of mail fraud, after recounting how she submitted invoices to Adidas requesting that Adidas pay Norcal Media Development (NCMD) for marketing services NCMD never performed for Adidas. Her fraud began in 009 and continued through February 2010, while Obstar was employed as a senior marketing manager at Adidas. NCMD was a California company formed by Obstar’s brother-in-law and his girlfriend, and after receiving money from Adidas, NCMD proceeded to transfer $140,000 of it to Still Not Sponsored, an Oregon company formed by Obstar's husband. Obstar and her husband used that money to pay off car loans and credit card debt.
“Today’s sentence demonstrates that no one is above the law,” said United States Attorney S Amanda Marshall. “The United States Attorney's Office and its law enforcement partners will continue to target and vigorously prosecute white-collar crime, and those who engage in fraud should expect severe consequences.”