A Pineville woman has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted in an embezzlement case.
Federal prosecutors said Joan Elliott, 69, also has been ordered to pay $406,929 in restitution. She had been accused of fraudulently obtaining between $200,000 and $400,000 from her employer, according to court records.
Elliott had been employed as a bookkeeper by a Charlotte-based organization representing the lumber and building materials industry, prosecutors said. Her responsibilities included issuing company checks to pay business expenses and making deposits of check payments for administrative fees from the insurance company used by the association’s members.
Prosecutors accused Elliott of using company checks to pay for personal expenses and claiming the funds were used for legitimate business purposes. She also was accused of failing to deposit checks sent by the company’s insurance company and redirecting the money to herself.
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According to court records, Elliott used the money for items such as a car, furniture and spa visits.
She pleaded guilty in January 2013 to one count of forged securities.