Comptroller stole $1.8 million from firm

8/15/2014, 6 a.m.

A former company comptroller who stole more than $1.8 million from East West Manufacturing LLC has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Marina Dzyura, who worked between 2009 and June 2013, pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to theft by taking and computer forgery. She was sentenced by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger to serve 10 years in custody and the balance on probation. She also must pay $1.8 million in restitution.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said Dzyura, who was ordered to turn herself in on Aug. 15, abused her position.

“This individual was entrusted to oversee the finances of this company, but she chose to abuse her position and siphon millions from East West Manufacturing,” James said. “At the height of this crime, Dzyura was writing $30,000 checks to herself twice a month and spending those stolen funds on designer clothes, expensive handbags and lavish jewelry.”

A DeKalb County grand jury indicted Dzyura in March on four counts each of theft by taking and computer forgery. The indictment said Dzyura wrote herself checks and made direct deposits from the company’s J.P. Morgan Chase bank account to her accounts and wrote fictitious general journal entries to cover her tracks. The offenses took place between April 2010 and June 2013.

After her arrest in July 2013, the District Attorney’s Office froze two of Dzyura’s bank accounts but only recovered about $30,000 between both. Those funds will be released to East West Manufacturing. Dzyura is ordered to pay the restitution upon release from prison or she can make payments by her husband.

The thefts were only discovered after Dzyura left the company, based on Ashford Dunwoody Road. The global contract manufacturer, which produces plastics, rubber, industrial textiles, metal and electronics products in the United States, China, Vietnam and India, was founded in Atlanta in 2001.

At the sentencing hearing, company representatives said the theft caused the company to freeze hiring and employees to forgo bonuses.