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July 28, 2014

Md. Woman Gets 46 Months in $5-Million Theft From Charity

A former administrative assistant for the nonprofit network of medical schools that operates the MCAT admissions test was sentenced to 46 months in prison Friday for embezzling $5.1-million from the organization, The Washington Post reports.

Ephonia Green, 44, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pleaded guilty in November to serially stealing from the Association of American Medical Colleges from 2005 to 2013. According to court files, Ms. Green created phony invoices with names that closely resembled those of legitimate vendors and directed the payments into bank accounts she controlled.

The scheme fell apart last year when a bank notified the Washington-based association of a suspicious transaction. Prosecutors said Ms. Green used $1.8-million of the stolen funds to open and maintain a bridal shop and touted her charity work donating wedding ensembles to military brides.