Former Connecticut College Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charge

NBC Connecticut

A former Connecticut College employee who was accused of embezzling more than $170,000 from the school has pleaded guilty. 

Michael Kmec, 40, of Marlborough, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hartford federal court to one count of wire fraud related to an embezzlement scheme, according to the office of John Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Kmec began working at Connecticut College in New London in 2006 and he was promoted in 2014 to director of auxiliary services of the college, overseeing the print shop, bookstore, vending machines, transportation, laundry services and residence halls as well as the Camel Card program, which is an identification and debit card used at the college, according to federal officials. 

They said Kmec’s responsibilities also included overseeing approval of third-party reimbursements for services to the college. 

From 2014 until he was fired in April 2018, Kmec is accused of stealing $173,010 by receiving funds from the college through fraudulent billing, diverting checks to the college to a bank account he controlled, diverting money from the Camel Card program to bank accounts he controlled, misappropriating a college laptop and fraudulently depositing more than 80 reimbursement checks that a contractor for the college had issued to Connecticut College students into a bank account he controlled. 

Kmec is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 12.

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