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Sachdeva testifies against man accused of keeping her embezzled items

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Sue Sachdeva, a former Milwaukee executive who embezzled $34 million, testified Monday against a man accused of keeping some of the lavish items bought with that cash.

Tony Chakonas is facing federal fraud charges, for allegedly trying to sell some of the jewelry Sachdeva bought with the money she stole from Milwaukee's Koss Corporation. 

All those items were supposed to be turned over to the federal government. Many were auctioned off to help repay the millions the Koss Corporation lost when Sachdeva was the firm's vice president of finance. 

At Monday's hearing, the defense tried to show that Sachdeva authorized Chakonas and Adam Burback to keep some of the items from her former home -- including chandeliers, statues, and other furnishings. 

Burback was sentenced to six months in prison for his role. 

The 49-year-old Sachdeva testified against Chakonas for over two hours. She's expected to be released from a federal prison in 2020. 

On the witness stand, Sachdeva said she'd be taken care of by a trust fund which her ex-husband set up. She said she was not concerned about getting a job when she gets out. Sachdeva vows to start her own company.