Man sentenced 2 years of prison for embezzling employer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An Avon man was sentenced in New Haven today to two years of prison, followed by three yeras of supervised release for embezzling more than $200,000 from his employer.

Craig Larsen was employed by Maximum Human Performance, (MHP), a New Jersey-based company that provided supplements for bodybuilding, strength, weight loss and fitness.  In approximately Nov. 2012, Larsen became the head of MHP’s quality control and had authority to approve bills submitted to MHP by its vendors.  Between approximately Nov. 2013 and Feb. 2015, Larsen presented fraudulent invoices to MHP that falsely represented that a company he controlled, R.E.T.S., had performed quality control services for MHP when no such services had been provided.  Through this scheme, Larsen caused approximately 40 false invoices to be submitted to MHP requesting the payment of nearly $204,000 for services purportedly performed by R.E.T.S., and subsequently used his authority to approve the invoices for payment, according to court documents.

Larsen was ordered to pay restitution of $203,988.71.

On Jan. 25, 2016, Larsen plead guilty to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud.

Between 2007 and 2009, Larsen stole approximately $100,000 from a previous employer, according to United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.  An attorney at the time, he served as the company’s vice president of legal and regulatory affairs.  He has since been disbarred.