U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
(813) 274-6000
February 23, 2015

Former Art Gallery Employee Sentenced to Two Years for Embezzling More Than $1 Million

ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Jeffery Hall (48, Maitland) to two years in federal prison for mail fraud. He was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release, and will be ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later proceeding. Hall pleaded guilty on November 25, 2014.

According to court documents, Hall worked at a local art gallery that also had locations outside of Florida. Over a two-year period, he used his position at the gallery to embezzle more than $1 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.

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