Meriden Woman Who Embezzled More Than $400K is Sentenced

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Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CRYSTAL KLATT, 36, of Meriden, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 12 months and one day imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer’s clients.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Klatt was employed as an office manager by a property management company located in Hamden.  Clients of the property management company would allow the company access to their bank accounts in order to allow the management company to make payments on behalf of the respective client.  Klatt had access to the client’s bank accounts as part of her job responsibilities.  Between approximately December 2014 and January 2021, Klatt diverted $446,859.82 from the bank accounts of at least 14 clients to pay her personal credit card charges.

Judge Hall ordered Klatt to pay full restitution.

On December 21, 2021, Klatt pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Klatt, who is released on a $50,000 bond, is required to report to prison on June 2.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Hamden Police Department and Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller.