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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Kissimmee Accountant Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Funds From Two Different Employers

Orlando, Florida – Kavita L. Harack (34, Kissimmee) has pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, in approximately May 2017, Harack was hired to work as an accountant in the Orlando office of a display services company.  Between April 2018 and May 2019, Harack directed 74 fraudulent payments from the display services company to four bank accounts held in her or her husband’s name. Harack disguised the transfers to these personal accounts as vendor payments. After Harack was terminated by the display services company in May 2019, she was hired to work in the accounting department of a project design company in Orlando. Between July 2019 and December 2019, Harack directed four fraudulent payments from the project design company into two of her personal accounts, again disguising the transactions as vendor payments.

In total, between 2018 and 2019, Harack fraudulently paid herself $604,637.25 from accounts belonging to her employers. Harack used the funds to purchase a home, as well as home improvement projects, travel, retail purchases, restaurants, and beauty expenses.  

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chauncey A. Bratt.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated October 22, 2020