A former employee of Men’s Wearhouse and its parent company, Tailored Brands, has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for embezzling over $1.7 million. Gina Suzanne Lonestar, a 52-year-old woman from Danville, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in May. U.S. District Court Judge Jon S. Tigar ordered Lonestar to begin serving her sentence on January 5, 2024.
Lonestar, who worked as a director in the facilities department of Men’s Wearhouse, initiated the scheme in December 2010. She created a fictitious vendor and submitted fraudulent invoices for inspections and handyman work at stores across the state. Over an eight-year period, Lonestar diverted more than $1.7 million to her joint checking account.
During her tenure, Lonestar was promoted to senior director of facilities and corporate services, and later to vice president of construction, maintenance, and facilities. In these roles, she had the authority to approve invoices for work done by vendors. The embezzlement scheme was uncovered in 2019 during an internal audit.
In September 2022, Lonestar was indicted on six counts of wire fraud by a federal grand jury. However, as part of her plea agreement, all but one of the counts were dismissed. In addition to her prison sentence, Lonestar has been ordered to pay a $1,736,216 forfeiture money judgment and serve three years of supervised release after her release from prison. A hearing has been scheduled for December 1 to address restitution issues.