Today's Embezzlements Highlighted In The Media

Here are today’s picks for embezzlements found in the news. One from my home state.

A simple Google news search will find embezzlement articles pretty much every day. Here are two I found tonight. The first may be a sign of things to come – someone making ends meet in their personal life by stealing from her employer. The second (from right here in CT) is an example of the entitlement I have been seeing for the past three years. Remember only one in nine hit the media.

MORGANTOWN — Fairmont resident Julie O’Dell has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $80,000 from a Morgantown business. O’Dell worked as an assistant to the bookkeeper at Heritage Contracting. She admitted to writing several company checks and using the money to pay her personal accounts. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, instead of the felony she was originally charged with. O’Dell faces up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A 38-year-old Oxford woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for embezzling more than $218,000 from her company. Shonda Hunter, the former human resources director at Aurora Products in Stratford, also was given five years of probation. She was sentenced Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court after pleading guilty to first-degree larceny. Authorities say that because of the embezzlement, the company could not afford a college scholarship it had promised to an employee or a donation it pledged to Habitat for Humanity. Prosecutors say Hunter has repaid $30,000 of the $218,000 she embezzled in 2006. They say she used the money to buy computers, cameras and other electronic equipment.

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