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February 6, 2023

Accountants Behaving Badly: Guy Liked Gambling and Porn a Little Too Much

After pleading guilty last February to two counts of wire fraud for stealing more than $1.2 million from his former employer, accountant Christopher May of Paoli, PA, was given 16 months to think about his choices.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said:

From roughly October 2019 until May 2020, while employed as a staff accountant at a local e-commerce automotive parts retailer based in Paoli, PA, May made more than 50 unauthorized Paypal transfers of his employer’s funds into his personal accounts. In total, he stole $1,213,500. He immediately spent nearly this entire amount gambling on sports and making payments to pornographic web camera models whom he met on the internet.

To hide and prolong his fraud, the defendant doctored his employer’s bank statements and created fake financial records. He abruptly resigned from his position in June 2020, after an audit at the company raised questions about discrepancies in these documents.

As part of the Court’s sentence, the defendant will be required to pay back all the money that he stole from his employer. When released from prison, May will also be required to attend mental health treatment to address underlying issues that may have contributed to his crimes.

In addition to his prison sentence, May, 32, was sentenced on May 18 to two years of supervised release.

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