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Former KBS Realty Executive Accused of Stealing $2.5M

Former KBS Realty Executive Accused of Stealing $2.5M

Varun Aggarwal, a former director of the internal auditing department of Newport Beach, CA-based KBS Realty, has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $2.5 million in a decade-long scheme. The Orange County Register reports Aggarwal faces charges of mail fraud and wire fraud, and could be sentenced up to 40 years in federal prison.

Aggarwal is suspected of embezzling money from KBS by sending fictitious invoices to companies controlled by his family and friends for services that were never performed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. While in his directorial position, he allegedly would submit fraudulent invoices for the work not done, and those payments received were then funneled on KBS Realty invoices to his own bank accounts.

The six vendors used in the scheme were not informed that the invoices and payments were for Aggarwal’s benefit. The suspect resigned from KBS in January after the company began investigating the invoices.

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Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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