Woman pleads guilty to stealing money, closing business

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a woman whose embezzlement drove a Hickory urgent care center out of business has been sentenced to three years and a month in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said 44-year-old Angelina Marie Parker pleaded guilty in September 2014 to three counts of uttering counterfeit securities with the intent to deceive the organization. The securities refer to the company’s checks.

According to prosecutors, Parker stole about $253,000 starting in 2004 from Piedmont Urgent Care of North Carolina Inc. Parker was the office manager. The company first learned of the embezzlement in 2009 after it switched accounting firms.

The prosecutors said Parker, who was sentenced on Tuesday, used the money to pay for personal expenses.

Piedmont Urgent Care couldn’t recover from the embezzlement and closed in 2014.

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