Gotcha: Accountant Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Embezzlement Scheme


November 1, 2017

An accountant is behind bars for embezzling millions of dollars from his victims—including a client with Alzheimer’s.


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Mollie Halpern: An accountant is behind bars for embezzling millions of dollars from his victims—including a client with Alzheimer’s.

Thomas Hauk was an accountant for a Kansas financial management business, and when the company discovered discrepancies, they called the FBI.

The investigation revealed Hauk stole his clients’ money and deposited it into his own accounts.

Case Agent Kacie Laidacker says Hauk used his victims’ money to buy 66 luxury motorcycles and cars…

Laidacker: They trusted him, they befriended him, they considered him part of the family, and he managed to perpetrate this fraud for 10 years at this company.

Halpern: Investigators conducted search warrants, interviews, and a lengthy forensic accounting of the books.

Laidacker: The forensic accountant on the case was key.

Halpern: Hauk pleaded guilty. In addition to a nine year sentence, he was ordered to pay restitution.

Law enforcement was able to return about $1.7 million to Hauk’s victims.

I’m Mollie Halpern of the FBI, with the Gotcha spot, featuring the Bureau’s closed cases.

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