Embezzler to spend 30 months in federal prison

Jun 8 2011 - 11:39am

SYRACUSE -- A Syracuse man will spend 30 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.3 million.

Nathan Lee Kapp, 36, pleaded guilty in March to embezzling the money from C.R. England Trucking as an employee there. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups imposed his sentence Tuesday afternoon.

Federal prosecutors argued that Kapp was not stealing out of a sense of necessity.

"He did not steal a loaf of bread to feed his family. He did not steal to pay for medical treatment for an ailing child or parent," Assistant U.S. Attorney Loren Washburn said in a statement.

In early 2007, Kapp started pocketing cash that came across his desk and spending it as his own, according to court documents. By November 2010, he'd bought a $630,000 home, three luxury vehicles and center-court Utah Jazz tickets, among other items, the documents state.

Kapp argues that "he wanted to give even more to his daughters, to make up for letting them down," according to court documents.

But the prosecutors also filed a memorandum with the court to show the magnitude of Kapp's crime.

According to the memo, Kapp likely stole more money than all of the bank robbers in Utah during the four years of his embezzlement. During the four years, 172 bank robberies occurred in Utah, and a bank robber steals an average of $5,000, according to the FBI.

This was not Kapp's first embezzlement, either. Kapp embezzled almost $30,000 from 2002 to 2004 as an accountant for a small Clearfield business, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

He spent 71 days in jail for the crime as part of a plea deal.

His latest sentence begins July 26. Once out of prison, he will be on supervised release for three years.

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