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Former Controller Pleads Guilty To Stealing Over $750,000

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – Jeffrey McKinney (61, Minneola) has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his scheme to steal over $750,000 from his employer and one of its executives. McKinney is facing up to 20 years in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and will be ordered to pay restitution. Sentencing has not yet been set.

According to court documents, McKinney is a Certified Public Accountant and was the Controller of a local business. In addition to serving as the Controller, McKinney was responsible for moving funds between various accounts held by the business and one of its executives. For a period of over a year and a half, McKinney used his position to embezzle over $750,000 from those accounts. To cover up his thefts, McKinney falsified check stubs, moved money between accounts to hide what he had stolen, and provided the executive with reports that inflated the amount of money that remained in the executive’s accounts.                            

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.

Updated May 16, 2019

Financial Fraud