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2012 embezzlement case ends in guilty pleas

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- An embezzlement case in Brunswick County has finally come to an end.

This week two women pleaded guilty to charges from 2012.

While they were working at the Tidewater Dental Office in Calabash, they stole more than $100,000 over the course of a few years.

Jada Atkinson (above, left) and April Winch pleaded guilty yesterday.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Thurston says Atkinson will serve 30 days in jail time with five years probation. She has to pay back $10,000 in criminal restitution and $104,000 in civil restitution. Winch was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and three to five years probation. She will have to pay back $1,000 in criminal restitution and $109,000 in civil.

We spoke with the wife of the victim. She said they are glad it's finally over so they can move on with their lives.

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How can any medical practioner...

be so ignorant of their practice's finances? $200,000 missing?! Sadly, far too often professional practitioners are dumb as a sack of hammers when it comes to the financial aspect of running a practice...plus they have no "check and balance" systems in place.