Local

Woman Pleads Guilty In $3.6M Embezzlement

View Comments
(Credit: AP)

(Credit: AP)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

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.

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 in prison and must pay $3.6 million in criminal forfeiture and restitution at sentencing May 8.

According to government evidence, Beard, 51, 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.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,258 other followers