Former Art Gallery Employee Pleads Guilty in More Than $1.5 Million Embezzlement Scheme
ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jeffrey Hall (48, Maitland) has pleaded guilty to mail fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. As part of his plea agreement, Hall agreed to pay over $1.5 million in restitution. His sentencing has been scheduled for February 19, 2015.
Hall was indicted on August 27, 2014.
According to court documents, Hall worked at a local art gallery with other locations outside of Central Florida. Over a two-year period, he used his position at the gallery to embezzle over $1.5 million. Hall did this by diverting proceeds from the sale of artwork to his own personal bank accounts, or to a business account that belonged to him. He also used the gallery’s artwork as loan collateral for himself and sold some of the artwork on eBay.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.