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Meriden woman gets one year in prison after embezzling $400,000 to pay her credit card

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The Richard C. Lee U.S. Courthouse, home of the U.S. District Court in New Haven, at 141 Church St.

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A Meriden woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for embezzling more than $400,000 from more than a dozen customers to pay off her credit cards, according to federal prosecutors.

Crystal Klatt, 36, embezzled the funds when she was an office manager at a property management company in Hamden. Customers have authorized the company to access their bank accounts to make payments. Klatt had access to those bank accounts as part of his job responsibilities, according to Leonard Boyle, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.

From December 2014 to January 2021, Klatt embezzled more than $446,000 from the bank accounts of at least 14 clients to “pay his personal credit card charges,” Boyle’s office said.

In addition to the jail sentence, New Haven Judge Janet Hall on Thursday ordered Klatt to serve three years of probation and pay full restitution, according to Boyle’s office.

Klatt pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December 2021. She was released on $50,000 bond and is due in jail on June 2.