Monday, February 22, 2010

Massachusetts Woman Pleads Guilty In $400K Kickback Scheme

Carolyn Kravetz, 43, formerly of Brookline, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts, including mail fraud and subscribing false tax returns in connection with a kickback scheme that defrauded Dunkin' Brands, Inc. out of $396,875. Prosecutors alleged that Kravetz, former Director of External Communications for Dunkin' Brands, used her position to approve at least 6 fraudulent payments to Luminophore Inc., a company owned by her longtime friend, Boris Levitin, 44, of Brighton, Mass, who is also a co-defendant in this case. Between September 2004 and November 2005, Kravetz allegedly received half the funds in a kickback arrangement with Levitin, according to the indictment. Kravetz is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2nd and faces up to 20 years in jail for each count of fraud and three years for each count of filing a false tax return, plus fines and restitution. Kravetz and Levitin have reportedly known each other since their Boston University days in the 1980s.

Read the story here, here and here.

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