Crazy in love might be one way to describe Michelle Cawthra, a former Colorado Department of Revenue employee who stole $11 million in unclaimed tax refunds from her employer. With her morals blinded by love, Michelle deposited unclaimed tax refunds and other state money into her ex-boyfriend's bank accounts over the course of two years.
She received a 24-year sentence after pleading guilty to racketeering and testified, "I did things I don't think I otherwise would have done had I not been in love with him." Those things included using co-workers' passwords, forging documents, and creating fake businesses to deflect detection. Talk about a nightmare employee. The crime beneficiary, ex-beau Hysear Randell, is currently on trial for theft, forgery, computer crime, and racketeering.