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Former Connecticut College Employee Admits To Embezzling More Than $150K

U.S. Federal Court in Hartford.
U.S. Federal Court in Hartford. Photo Credit: File

A former Connecticut College employee has admitted to a four-year scheme that helped him embezzle more than $150,000.

Michael Kmec of Marlborough pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud related to an embezzlement scheme in Hartford federal court on Wednesday.

Kmec began working at the college in New London in 2006. In 2014, he was promoted to the Director of Auxiliary Services of the college, which allowed him to oversee the print shop, bookstore, vending machines, transportation, laundry services and residence halls.

He also oversaw the Camel Card program, which is an identification and debit card used at the college.

As part of his responsibilities, Kmec oversaw approval of various third-party reimbursements for services to the college.

Beginning in 2014, up through his firing from the college earlier this year in April, Kmec defrauded the college through several embezzlement schemes.

Those schemes included receiving funds from the college through fraudulent billing schemes, diverting checks to the college to a bank account he controlled, diverting money from the Camel Card program to bank accounts he controlled, and misappropriating a college laptop.

In total, more than 80 fraudulent checks that were issued to Connecticut College students and deposited him in a bank account he controlled. Through the schemes, Kmec stole $173,010.

Kmec, 40, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 12 next year, when he will face up to 20 years in prison.

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