Office manager admits to crime after AP recovery shows $189K stolen

A woman in Louisiana has admitted to embezzling approximately $189,588 between January 2008 and December 2010 from the dentist's office she was employed by.

An accounts payable audit showed Kelly Muller conducted the illegal activity for almost three years while working as a bookkeeper and office manager for the Metairie-based dentist, according to the Times-Picayune. The Associated Press reports she pleaded guilty to the crime in front of U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval this week.

The Times-Picayune says Muller could be required to pay back an amount equal to the stolen funds in restitution. She acquired the money illegally by tapping into healthcare benefit plans, inflating her income without approval. Both sources also state Muller used her status at her former workplace to access company credit cards, which audit solutions found were used for personal shopping.

Muller could get a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars, the Times-Picayune reports, as well as up to $250,000 in fines not including the possible cost of restitution. She will hear her verdict May 15, according to the source.

Private businesses experiencing problems with internal financial compliance may seek expert assistance in AP recovery.

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