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Woman admits to embezzling $440K from nursing home

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Newberry woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to embezzling more than $440,000 while she worked at a local nursing home.

Tina Clinton pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and five counts of filing false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Clinton worked as a bookkeeper at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home between 2005 and 2009 where she cashed residents' Social Security and Veterans Benefits checks instead of depositing for the residents.

Clinton was able to hide her theft by making accounting adjustments to the residents' accounts, Nettles said. He said Clinton also failed to report the stolen income on her tax returns, owing more than $65,000 in taxes.

The residents did not lose any money as a result of Clinton's embezzlement because the loss was covered by a bonding company, who Clinton now owes as a part of her plea agreement.

Clinton was fired from the nursing home when they discovered the theft, Nettles said.

A Greenville judge will impose Clinton's sentence. She faces time in prison and fines.

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