Woman charged with stealing $2.6 million from her employer

A Hialeah woman faces two counts of federal wire fraud charges after investigators say she stole more than $2.6 million from her employer, according to the Department of Justice.

Carmen Rodriguez, 55, made her first appearance Wednesday in front U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres in Miami.

If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 40 years in prison.

From April 2010 through May 2016, Rodriguez worked for Starboard Cruise Services, Inc., a Florida company that operates tax- and duty-free retail stores on cruise ships, according to a Department of Justice news release.

During her tenure, investigators say she used former vendor accounts to create fake purchase orders and other transactions and had the money deposited in her account. In all, investigators say she banked $2,669,372.30.