Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CRYSTAL KLATT, 36, of Meriden, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of wire fraud stemming from an embezzlement scheme.
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 a total of $446,859.82 from the bank accounts of at least 14 clients to pay her personal credit card charges.
Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2022, at which time Klatt faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. Klatt is released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing.
This matter has been investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Hamden Police Department and Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller.