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Man admits conspiring to swindle millions in gift cards

A man who says he conspired to steal gift cards worth $2.2 million through his wife's mortgage company job told a judge Tuesday that he is getting help for a gambling addiction.

Kevin Guy, 41, son of a former Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy, faces up to five years in prison. Federal charges are pending against Michelle Guy, 39, alleged to have diverted funds for years from an employee rewards program. She worked at HSBC Mortgage Services in Brandon.

It came to light in an internal investigation and the company cooperated with law enforcement, HSBC North America said. In accepting Kevin Guy's guilty plea, Magistrate Judge Thomas B. McCoun III noted the "lengthy list of some nice stuff" seized at the couple's former home. Guy didn't quibble with the list, with its references to Chanel, Coach and Gucci. But his attorney set the record straight on errors in the plea deal paperwork. One, he said: The couple did not rent a limo to go shopping.

Man admits conspiring to swindle millions in gift cards 02/12/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 7:30am]
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