WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Westport man was sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling nearly $1 million from him employer.
Claude Carnahan, 54, was sentenced Tuesday to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, according to John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
According to court documents, from 2008 to 2014, while Carnahan served as regional controller for Nations Roof LLC, he embezzled from the company by issuing company checks made payable to credit card companies with which he had personal accounts. He then engaged in a sophisticated scheme to cover up his fraud by entering checks on company ledgers as being in payment of obligations to legitimate vendors, failing to post checks to the general ledger, removing copies of the checks from company bank statements so that anyone reviewing the statements would not see checks going to credit card companies, and entering invoices into the system but then voiding them after they were paid, Durham said.
Carnahan stole a total of $984,057.09 from Nations Roof during the six-year period, Durham said. He has been ordered to pay full restitution to the company.
Carnahan pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud on May 15. He is released on a $100,000 bond, and was ordered to report to prison on Jan. 10, 2018.
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