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November 25, 2013

D.C. Nonprofit Staffer Charged in Alleged $5-Million Theft

A Maryland woman is due in court Monday to face charges that she stole $5.1-million from a nonprofit network of medical schools for which she worked as an administrative assistant, reports The Washington Post.

The Washington, D.C.-based Association of American Medical Colleges fired Ephonia Green in July after receiving a tip-off from its bank about a suspicious check she was depositing, according to court records. She had worked since 1998 at the association, which represents accredited medical schools and major teaching hospitals.

Prosecutors say that from 2005 to this year Ms. Green registered businesses in names that closely resembled those of legitimate association vendors and deposited checks from the organization into bank accounts she created for the phony entities. She also allegedly cut association checks worth nearly $1.4-million to a bridal shop she owned in Upper Marlboro, Md.

The allegations are detailed in a "criminal information," a document that can be filed in a felony case only with the defendant's cooperation and usually signals that a plea deal is in the works, according to the Post. Ms. Green was slated to appear at a plea hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington.