Former Employee of Connecticut College Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement Schemes
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL KMEC, 40, of Marlborough, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for operating various embezzling schemes while employed at Connecticut College in New London.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Kmec began working at Connecticut College in 2006. In 2014, Kmec was promoted to Director of Auxiliary Services of the college. In that position, he oversaw 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 approximately 2014 and ending when he was terminated by Connecticut College in April 2018, Kmec defrauded the college through various embezzlement schemes, including 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. He also fraudulently deposited more than 80 reimbursement checks that a contractor for the college had issued to Connecticut College students into a bank account he controlled.
Through these schemes, Kmec stole $173,010.
On November 14, 2018, Kmec pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New London Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Cherry.