Rebecca Jelfo
Rebecca Jelfo

A former marketing communications executive for Qatar Airways Americas and Hilton pleaded guilty Sept. 5 in federal court to defrauding two unnamed companies of more than $855K.

Rebecca Jelfo, 47, faces 20 years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 10 at the courthouse in Greenbelt, Md.

According to the court filing, Jelfo issued false and inflated invoices for marketing services and fraudulently obtained cash to cover her personal debt and expenses.

The document does not name the affected companies, only describing them as a global airline and global hospitality company.

Jelfo was head of marketing & communications for Americas at Qatar Airways from 2008 to 2015.

She held the senior director, global brand marketing, luxury & lifestyle job at Hilton from 2015 to 2018.

Most recently, Jelfo was running Look Forward, a marketing & communications consulting firm, in metro Washington.