Federal prosecutors have obtained a grand jury indictment against Scott Kennedy and his escort Crystal Lundberg after it was discovered the two spent $5.8 million from a suburban drug-delivery company to fund their opulent lifestyle, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Kennedy and Lundberg met through Backpage.com, an escorting site, while Kennedy was working at Nemera in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Kennedy gave Lundberg access to company credit cards in 2015 after she asked for help in buying her children Christmas presents.
In 2016, the couple's charges had already amounted to millions. Kennedy was fired when the company discovered his spending.
“Earlier this year, we became aware of possible improper financial activity by Scott Kennedy, the financial controller at our Buffalo Grove plant, and began an immediate internal investigation," said Nemera in a statement. "This included the hiring of an independent accounting firm and outside counsel to lead the review. Based on the review, Mr. Kennedy was terminated in March."
“The review showed that Mr. Kennedy abused his authority to unilaterally set up a process that circumvented controls that were in place and victimized the company. Based on recommendations from our independent accounting firm and outside counsel, we have taken steps to protect against a situation like this in the future.”
Among the ridiculous expenditures were charges for $24,000 to have movers relocate a series of potted plants to her new mansion in San Diego, where she planned to open a spa. Lundberg spent $585,000 to open the Royalty Room spa.
Other charges included plastic surgery, Rolex watches, personal drivers for the kids, a maid, purebred dogs, and trips around the world. Lundberg had told Kennedy she would eventually be reimbursed through a trust fund she would gain access to when she turned 30. In actuality, no trust fund existed.
"He knew what she was. He knew what her past was. Then he's the one who wanted to get in her good graces by giving her gifts," retorted Lundberg's lawyer, Marc Carlos. "He's the one who has ... the means, the method, the opportunity and the motive to commit a crime. She doesn't."
If convicted, the two will forfeit the $5.8 mil along with a Rolex watch and could potentially face up to 20 years in jail for each count (they've both been charged with six counts, each).
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