Crime & Courts

Woman sentenced to prison for embezzling from Huntersville company

A former accounting manager at a Huntersville manufacturer has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison for embezzling nearly $400,000 from the company.

Prosecutors said Amy Hilty, who previously lived in Stanley but now resides in Dalton, Ohio, used the money to buy a new home and a BMW vehicle.

Hilty, 38, pleaded guilty in November to wire fraud and tax evasion during a federal court appearance in Charlotte.

Authorities said Hilty previously worked for Poly-Tech Industrial Inc.

From 2008 to 2012, court records say, Hilty used her access to the Poly-Tech’s accounting system to divert company funds to bank accounts she controlled. She covered the fraud by falsely recording the stolen funds in company files as supplies, owner withdrawals and travel expenses, records show.

Hilty also failed to file federal income tax returns between 2008 and 2011, records show, and failed to report the diverted income and her salary from the company, totaling $520,976, according to court records.

Joe Marusak