Charlotte man pleads to stealing from employer

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte man who was controller and later chief financial officer of a Mint Hill business has admitted to stealing about $4 million from his employer.

The Charlotte Observer reports 39-year-old Nathan Thomas Mroz pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud. Investigators accused Mroz of taking the money over an eight-year period from Andersen Services, a heating and air conditioning company.

According to investigators, Mroz used the money to pay private school tuition for his children, to buy a $20,000 diamond ring and a $20,000 bracelet for his wife, and a $115,000 house for his children’s nanny.

Federal officials say Mroz, who entered his plea on Monday, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also was ordered to pay restitution.