Three Rivers woman ordered to pay more than $1 million for fraud, false tax returns

THREE RIVERS, Mich. - A Three Rivers woman was sentenced to over a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million after pleading guilty to wire fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Kristina M. Harshberger, 45, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and three counts of filing false tax returns, reports said.

She was sentenced to one year and six months in prison followed by one year of supervised release.

Harshberger will also have to pay $801,128.23 in restitution to victims and $233,854.00 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Beginning in 2015, Harshberger used her position as a controller and general manager of a business in Elkhart to make unauthorized, personal charges to a business credit card, according to case documents.

She continued the fraud through 2018, reports said.

Harshberger was found to have embezzled over $800,000 and did not report the income on her taxes for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017, according to documents.

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