Three Rivers, Michigan woman ordered to pay $801,128.23 in restitution and $233,854 in taxes


Date: December 15, 2022


SOUTH BEND — Kristina M. Harshberger, of Three Rivers, Michigan, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and three counts of filing false tax returns, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Harshberger was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $801,128.23 in restitution to the victims of the offense as well as $233,854.00 to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to documents in the case, starting in 2015, Harshberger used her position as a controller and general manager of a business in Elkhart, Indiana, to make unauthorized, personal charges to a business credit card. Harshberger continued the fraud for three years through 2018. She embezzled over $800,000.00 in total and did not report the income on her taxes for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the Elkhart Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jerome W. McKeever and former AUSA Geovanny E. Martinez.