(Hartford) A Hartford woman has been accused in a multi-million-dollar wire fraud and money laundering scheme. Vicki Berka is facing a total of four federal charges.
According to the indictment, Berka devised a scheme to defraud a Milwaukee business where she was chief financial officer. The alleged offenses occurred between July of 2014 and September of 2017.
Berka allegedly used her position and bank account login credentials to embezzle roughly $2.7-million-dollars from Bader Rutter and Associates. The indictment says Berka used her authority to initiate numerous money transfers from the company into a bank account she controlled then made false ledger entries to disguise her actions.
The 61-year-old reportedly spent the funds. If convicted, Berka faces up to 60 years in prison. The FBI investigated the case which is being prosecuted in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.