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April 25, 2019

Conn. College embezzler gets 18 months

Photo | Contributed The Gold Science Center at Connecticut College in New London.

A Marlborough man who stole $173,010 from Connecticut College in New London has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for operating various embezzlement schemes, prosecutors say.

Michael Kmec, 40, also was sentenced Wednesday in Hartford federal court to three years of supervised release following his prison term, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Kmec pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in November. It was not immediately clear Thursday when Kmec is due in prison.

According to investigators, Kmec began working for the college in 2006, and was promoted to director of auxiliary services in 2014, overseeing the school’s print shop, bookstore, vending machines, transportation, laundry services and residence halls.

From approximately 2014 to his termination in April 2018, Kmec defrauded the school through various embezzlement schemes such as receiving funds through fraudulent billing and diverting checks to the college to a bank account he controlled.

He also diverted money from the Camel Card program, the school’s prepaid debit account, to accounts he oversaw; misappropriated a college laptop; and fraudulently deposited 80-plus reimbursement checks that a school contractor issued to students into a bank account he controlled.

In total, Kmec stole $173,010 through the schemes.

The case was investigated the FBI and New London Police Department.

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