Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Kathryn Smith (58, Lake Mary) to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison for wire fraud. In addition, Smith was ordered to pay $472,765.95 in restitution.
Smith had pleaded guilty on July 7, 2020.
According to court documents, Smith worked at a title insurance company. From December 2012 to May 2019, she embezzled $472,765.95 from the company. Smith stole the funds by using her access to the title insurer’s bank accounts to transfer funds into accounts for which she had control. She also wrote checks to herself without authorization. In addition, Smith used funds from the title insurer to pay her personal credit card bills, insurance for her adult child, and other miscellaneous personal expenses.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda Daniels and Roger B. Handberg.