Southern-California Man Sentenced for Pet Insurance Theft

December 7, 2009

A Southern California accountant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing more than $2 million from a pet insurance company.

Stephen Anthony Frlekin of El Segundo pleaded guilty in a Santa Ana courtroom Friday to 152 felony counts including money laundering, fraud and grand theft. He immediately received the 12-year sentence and was ordered to pay restitution of $2.7 million.

Prosecutors say Frlekin was a certified public account hired by Veterinary Pet Insurance in Brea when he transferred money from the company account to his own over several months in 2008, then transferred it to various accounts in Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean.

The scheme was discovered when a substitute employee mistakenly opened a bank statement instead of giving it to Frlekin.

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  • December 11, 2009 at 7:04 am
    DLR says:
    The truth is he, will probabaly only serve 1.7 years
  • December 8, 2009 at 6:59 am
    Abe says:
    12 human years would equate to roughly 84 dog years, not 1.7.
  • December 7, 2009 at 4:45 am
    Doc says:
    "12 YEARS IN PRISON. HOW MUCH IS THAT IS DOG YEARS?" Only about 1.7 years. So, not too bad
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