Former Disney cruise employee sentenced for embezzlement and fraud

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Disney cruise ship worker has been sentenced in San Diego to 15 months in prison for embezzling more than $260,000 from his employer.

The Union-Tribune reported Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes, a Brazil citizen and ex-employee aboard the Disney Wonder, admitted to wire fraud charges as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors say he carried out his embezzlement scheme while working in merchandise stores on the ship. Officials added he made unauthorized charges to a Disney account and loaded the funds onto Disney gift cards.

More than 200 gift cards were found in a search of his cabin aboard the Disney Wonder.

The 32-year-old’s temporary work visa has been canceled. He will be removed from the United States to Brazil after completing his prison term.

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