Former Conn College employee faces 20 years for embezzlement

November 14, 2018 GMT

The former director of auxiliary services at Connecticut College is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to using various embezzlement schemes to steal $173,010 during his time at the school.

Michael Kmec, 40, of Marlborough, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to one count of wire fraud related to an embezzlement scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Kmec started working at the New London college in 2006 and was promoted to the director of auxiliary services in 2014 where 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 prepaid debit card used at various locations at the college. As part of his responsibilities, Kmec was responsible for the approval of various third-party reimbursements for services to the college.

An FBI investigation revealed that beginning in 2014, and continuing until the time he was fired by Connecticut College in April 2018, Kmec used various illegal means to defraud the college.

The schemes included “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,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities said Kmec 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.

Kmec is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea on Feb. 12, 2019. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Cherry.