Monday, January 12, 2009

Mississippi Woman Sentenced To 10 Years For $1 Million Embezzlement

Edith Dianne Belk, 56, of Satartia, Mississippi, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzling nearly $1 million from her employer, Weight Watchers, Inc. Belk, who worked as a bookkeeper for the company, pleaded guilty to bilking the company out of $921,000 over a nearly six year period beginning in 2000. As bookkeeper, Belk was able to write herself a total of 554 checks before her scheme was discovered. She has also been ordered to pay restitution of $674,000. Belk blamed the theft on an addiction to gambling. At her sentencing, Belk is quoted as saying, “I had a real bad sickness. I’m truly sorry. It hasn’t been an easy thing for me.”

Read the story here, here and here.

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