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Associated Press, Published January 13 2009

Embezzler gets 8 years for $8.5M fraud

MINNEAPOLIS — The man behind a four-year $8.5 million embezzlement at ING Reinsurance Corp. has been sentenced to over 8 years in prison.

Nathan John Mueller was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. His attorney had claimed Mueller was driven to the crime because ING wasn't rewarding him for his hard work and giving him promotions.

The 35-year-old Mueller, who lived in Eden Prairie at the time, used proceeds from his crime to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas and visits to a Minneapolis gentleman's club.

He received the low end of the sentencing range at the urging of federal prosecutors, who said he helped locate assets that could be seized for restitution. The scheme lasted from 2003 through 2007.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.