The big drugmaker was duped by one of its own employees, who allegedly reaped more than $370,000 by billing Pfizer for work that her husband, who ran a struggling landscaping business, never performed. And Carol Jones, a 44-year-old office manager in the UK, charged up to 15 times the going rate for such things as refurbishment, construction and maintainence work.
But there's more. Prosecutors say the couple funded their wedding reception at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire by using reward points from the Pfizer bonus scheme that Jones fraudulently paid herself. Peckforton is promoted as a grade I listed building, built in the 1840s in the style of a medieval castle that is set on a hill above the rolling Cheshire plain, within protected woodland inhabited by wildlife (see here).
The couple was also accused of using a Pfizer credit card to pay for holidays in the Dominican Republic. Nicholas Johnson, the prosecutor at Manchester Crown Court, tells The Manchester Evening News that, "ultimately Pfizer has been left out of pocket to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds." How did she get away with it? By allegedly keeping her relationship 'under the radar.' She denies all charges.
Gives new meaning to keeping up with the Joneses, yes?