Ex-accounting director sentenced to 30 days for embezzling Stratford business

A former Stratford company accountant has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for embezzling more than $130,000 from her employer.

Susanna Kurus pleaded guilty in March to one count of wire fraud for embezzling $133,870.55 from Expand International of America, a maker of displays and banner stands. Between October 2014 and approximately June 2017, Kurus used his employer’s financial accounting software to transfer customer credits to at least six of his personal debit card accounts to use for personal spending.

In addition to her prison sentence, Kurus was also ordered to serve 60 days of house arrest, perform 100 hours of community service and fully return the funds she embezzled. Kurus, who now resides in North Carolina, is free on $200,000 bond and is due in jail on January 6, 2020.

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Phil Hall’s writing for Westfair Communications has won numerous Connecticut Press Club and Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release “Moby Dick: The Radio Play” and the upcoming “Jesus Christ Movie Star”, both published by BearManor Media ). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show”, co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport, and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he’s also a horror movie actor – usually playing the creepy villain who is gravely killed off at the end of each movie.

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