Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kansas Man Sentenced For Embezzling $619K From Cleaning Equipment Company

From The Topeka Capital-Journal on 2/9/2015:

A Lawrence man was sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay $619,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling from a cleaning company that does business in Topeka and other parts of northeast Kansas, it was announced Monday.

According to Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, Mark W. Elzea, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen funds.

In his plea, Elzea admitted the crime occurred while he was controller and part-owner of Pur-O-Zone, a janitorial and cleaning-equipment business based in Lawrence.

Grissom said Elzea started embezzling funds from Pur-O-Zone and his three business partners in 2004. The crime came to light in May 2014, after a vendor contacted one of the Pur-O-Zone partners about not receiving a check.

The partners then discovered numerous unauthorized checks signed by Elzea and made payable to Cardmember Service Chase Bank in Illinois.


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