Ex-finance chief pleads guilty in Plymouth embezzlement case - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Ex-finance chief pleads guilty in Plymouth embezzlement case

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The following photo of David Bertnagel was posted on Thomaston Democrats website (File photo) The following photo of David Bertnagel was posted on Thomaston Democrats website (File photo)
PLYMOUTH, CT (AP) -

A former finance director for the town of Plymouth has pleaded guilty to theft and tax charges in the embezzlement of more than $800,000.

David Bertnagel entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Bridgeport. He is set to be sentenced May 15 on two charges that carry up to 13 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Bertnagel issued 207 checks totaling $808,000 to himself from the town's payroll over three years. He used the money to pay his mortgage and other personal expenses, including more than $100,000 in coins, stamps and other collectibles.

The 41-year-old Bertnagel lost his job in November and was arrested last month.

The plea agreement requires him to pay restitution of the full $808,000 to the town, which has an annual budget of about $27 million.

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