Former Miss NH runner-up facing fraud charges in California
Former Miss New Hampshire runner-up is allegedly being sued in California for fraud allegations totaling up to $4 million.
The Union Leader reports that Olivia Karpinski, 29, of Orange County, Calif., was Miss Strafford County in 2008 and a runner-up in the Miss New Hampshire USA pageant. Kirpinski is accused of scamming investors in the company PharmaPak out of millions.
Officials said that Karpinski worked with Paul Pejman Edalat, who founded PharmaPak.
Attorneys said that Karpinski, who was described as a junior employee, “was unfairly dragged” into it.
The companies CEO Bruce Cahill, who fired Karpinski, alleged that while she was working for PharmaPak, she traveled to Las Vegas and, along with Edalat, wined and dined potential investors for Sentar Pharmaceuticals, another company formed by Edalat. PharmaPak was billed for the expenses, according to Cahill.
According to court documents, Karpinski accused Cahill of sexually harassing her, but under oath she later admitted the allegations were wrong.
Attorneys said both clients deny the allegations and claim the lawsuit was a preemptive strike against Karpinski, who was preparing her own lawsuit against Cahill for wrongful termination.