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Woman gets prison time for embezzling from dentist's office

When people get into financial trouble, there are many resources available to help them get back on their feet. Whether the problem is excessive credit card debt, compulsive gambling or some other issue, there are often opportunities that are legal and accepted to buoy one's finances.

However, some people turn to illegal enterprises to bolster their pocketbooks, including embezzlement. A woman from Covington, Louisiana, was sentenced recently to 18 months in federal prison for embezzling from her employer. The woman must also pay back the amount that she took, nearly $190,000.

According to the charges, the woman worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for an oral surgeon in Metairie. The woman was convicted of taking the money over a period of three years, between 2008 and 2010. It isn't clear what led to her eventual arrest, but in addition to the prison sentence and restitution, the woman will be placed on three years of supervised release when her federal prison sentence has concluded.

It isn't clear what might have led the woman to take the money, but in the eyes of the government, the reason doesn't much matter. The crime that the former office manager was convicted of, embezzlement of health care funds, is a very serious offense.

Anyone who is facing serious charges of white collar crimes, such as fraud, bribery, embezzlement or extortion -- many of which are prosecuted in federal court -- might be able to benefit from an experienced Louisiana white collar crime defense attorney.

Source: The Times-Picayune, "Covington woman gets prison time for embezzling almost $190K from dentist's office," Heather Nolan, Oct. 10, 2013

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