Westport Resident Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Stealing Almost $1 Million from His Employer
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CLAUDE CARNAHAN, 54, of Westport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling more than $984,000 from his employer.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately 2008 until approximately 2014, while serving as the regional controller for Nations Roof LLC, CARNAHAN 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.
CARNAHAN stole $984,057.09 from Nations Roof during the approximately six-year period.
Judge Underhill ordered CARNAHAN to pay full restitution to Nations Roof.
On May 15, 2017, CARNAHAN pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.
CARNAHAN, who is released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on January 10, 2018.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Greenwich Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan L. Wines.