Former Rockwell Automation worker sentenced to 18 months in prison on felony theft charge

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 50-year-old Eduardo Africano to 18 months in prison and three years of extended supervision -- after he reached a plea deal in an embezzlement case involving Rockwell Automation. Africano was also ordered to pay restitution and complete 200 hours of community service.

Africano is the former Rockwell Automation employee who was accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company. Africano was accused of using stolen money to pay for personal vacations as well as his mortgage and grocery bills. He was arrested in Florida -- and worked for Rockwell Automation from 2005 through 2014.

Back in December, Africano pleaded guilty to one felony charge of theft-false representation, greater than $10,000. Two other charges were dismissed.

Eduardo Africano