Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maine Woman Accused Of Embezzling $166K From Attorney's Group

Bettysue Higgins, 53, of Gardiner, Maine, has been charged with embezzling some $166,000 from the Maine Trial Lawyers Association where she had served as an administrative assistant. According to authorities, Higgins issued at least 220 forged association checks to herself over a period of about 4 years, from 2006 until October 2010. She has been charged with one count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and one count of forgery. Higgins is also a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by the association seeking recovery of the misappropriated funds.

Read the story here, here, here and here.

Update (4/6/11): Higgins apparently lived in the virtual world of YoVille. Read the story here.

Update (12/14/11): Higgins, now 54, pleaded guilty to theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and forgery.  She will face a maximum of 1 year in prison.

Update (1/9/12): Higgins was sentenced to 42 months in prison and must pay $166,700 in restitution.

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