On Monday, it was announced that the former controller of a Minnesota metal stamping company had been sentenced to prison for his participation in a million-dollar embezzlement scheme. 50-year-old John Burwood Robinson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for stealing more than $1.1 million from his employer. The defendant was charged with one count of filing a false tax return and one count of mail fraud on July 26, 2017. He pleaded guilty to both counts on August 17, 2017.
According to the defendant’s guilty plea, from 1991 through 2016, Robinson was employed by North Central Stamping & Manufacturing Inc. In 2003, the defendant became the company’s controller. In that role, Robinson was responsible for managing the company’s accounts, bookkeeping records, and financial reports.
Robinson devised a plan to steal money paid to the company by its clients. He opened a bank account in the name of the company without the company’s knowledge or authorization. He then deposited payments from customers into the fraudulent bank account. The money was used for personal purposes, including to fund the defendant’s hobby of buying and restoring automobiles.
In total, the defendant stole roughly $1,200,000 from North Central Stamping & Manufacturing Inc. The defendant also admitting to filing false tax returns for the calendars years 2009 through 2015. Robinson caused a total tax loss of $291,757.31. Additional details can be found here.