MINNEAPOLIS - A Crystal man will serve 33 months in a federal prison after stealing more than $1.2 million from his longtime employer to feed his hobby of restoring classic cars.

John Burwood Robinson pled guilty in August to one count of mail fraud and one of filing a false tax return. Investigators say Robinson was employed by North Central Stamping and Manufacturing, Inc. (NCSMI) from 1991 to 2016, becoming the company's financial controller in 2003 which gave him access to bank accounts, bookkeeping and financial reports.

In filing his guilty plea Robinson admitted devising a scheme to steal money paid to NCSMI by setting up a bogus account that he would deposit client checks into. He would then use that money for his own personal expenses, like buying and restoring classic automobiles.

In total, Robinson admitted siphoning nearly $1.2 million from NCSMI. He also pled guilty to defrauding the government of almost $300,000 by filing false tax returns from 2009 to 2015.