AP audit reveals embezzlement by longtime employee

Employees who have been with a business for many years are often seen as trustworthy and loyal to their companies. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as one entity in New Lexington, Ohio, found out that a staff member of 19 years had been stealing from its accounts.

According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, Perry Behavioral Health Choices (PBHC) discovered that one of its employees, Donna Mickey, had embezzled more than $247,000 from the organization, which aims to help local residents with substance abuse problems through treatment and prevention solutions. An accounts payable audit revealed the full extent of the illegal scheme. After being charged with aggravated theft, Mickey was sentenced to two years in prison and she has also been ordered to pay back the full amount in restitution. 

Mickey used the stolen funds to pay for personal items as well as run her own scrapbooking company, writes the Perry Tribune. As part of the restitution deal, she will be signing over this business as well as her retirement benefits.

The news source reports that the PBHC currently employs about 16 staff members, but the future of the organization is in jeopardy due to Mickey's embezzlement. While insurance will pay $60,000 worth of the stolen funds, officials are not sure where they are going to get the remaining amount quickly to keep operations going.

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