Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Virginia Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty To $225K Embezzlement Scheme

Kathy Dishman White, 40, of Abingdon, Virginia, pleaded guilty to charges admitting she embezzled $225,079.65 from the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council where she had been employed as a bookkeeper. Authorities alleged that over a four year period, beginning in 2006, White misappropriated small, but regular amounts of money by utilizing the non-profit's credit cards for personal use. She then attempted to cover-up the thefts by issuing checks from the organization's checking account to pay the credit card bills. She was accused of using the stolen funds to pay for a house and all kinds of personal luxury items. The non-profit operated on a budget of only $500,000. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2011 when she faces up to 35 years in prison, plus fines and restitution.

Read the story here and here.

Hat tip: Reader Joe.

Update (4/20/11): White was sentenced to 53 months in prison and ordered to pay about $229,000 in restitution.

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