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An executive and an escort allegedly ran up a $5.8 million bill on a company credit card


Nemera financial executive Scott Kennedy met 31-year-old escort Crystal Lundberg in mid-to-late 2012 online through classified-ads website Backpage.com. A year and a half later, the FBI said the two of them had run up $5.8 million worth of charges on a company credit card.

Crystal Lundberg, LinkedIn

Between 2012 and 2015, Kennedy and Lundgren communicated mainly by text and had met up eight to 12 times. It was in November of 2015 when Lundgren, her children, and their pets moved in with Kennedy in his home. This is when Lundgren gained access to Kennedy's company credit card. Sixteen months later, the two had spent $5.79 million of company money.

In total:

  • $970,734 was spent on travel
  • $606,887 was spent on clothing and accessories
  • $552,662 was spent on home décor
  • $441,312 was spent on lodging
  • $315,117 was spent on entertainment
  • $279,231 was spent on jewelry
  • $253,019 was spent on health and beauty

A court filing obtained by The Chicago Tribune lays out some of the charges, which includes $24,000 to move the woman's potted plants from Illinois to her new apartment in San Diego. Why San Diego? Because that's where she plans to open a brand new spa. All with Nemera cash provided to her via Kennedy's company card.

All of this is detailed in a filing to seize $36,229 from the checking account of said spa business that was unsealed in federal court in Chicago. While neither individual was named in the filing, Kennedy and his lawyers have all identified him. Public records indicate Lundberg.

"My mistake was trusting her," Kennedy said in an interview with the Tribune. "At this point, I have very little faith anything she told me ever was true."

After officials filed to seize Lundberg's business checking account, FBI agents raided a mansion in which she was living in San Diego. News reports on the raid said that agents in full gear with guns drawn seized a Jaguar automobile and white grand piano after they converged on the home.

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