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Woman pleads guilty in $3.6M embezzlement

Saturday - 1/18/2014, 9:12am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman who prosecutors say financed a lavish lifestyle by embezzling $3.6 million from her employer has pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge.

Fifty-one-year-old Pamela J. Beard of Bowie, Md., entered the plea Friday in federal court in Washington. As part of a plea deal, she faces a maximum of 51 months and prison and must pay $3.6 million in criminal forfeiture and restitution at sentencing May 8.

According to government evidence, Beard was office manager at the Office of Orthopaedic Medicine & Surgery in Washington. Prosecutors say Beard generated corporate checks and deposited them to accounts she controlled.

Authorities say Beard used the embezzled funds for vacations, jewelry and parties, including a 50th birthday party at the National Harbor for which she spent $18,000 on ice sculptures.


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