TAMPA, Fla. â€” David Haas, the former interim chief executive officer of the Crispers restaurant chain owned by Publix Super Markets, was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for embezzling more than $400,000 from the company. Haas was hired by Publix as a financial consultant to oversee its investment in Crispers, and was named interim CEO of the subsidiary when Publix acquired the chain outright in February 2007. Haas pleaded guilty to charges that on three occasions in August 2007 he ordered money to be transferred to accounts he controlled under the guise of making payments for new restaurant locations and an executive search company. In addition to 24 months in federal prison, Haas was ordered to make $153,750 in restitution payments and serve 36 months of supervised release, according to U.S. District Court here.
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