LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Maryland woman who is known for donating wedding dresses to military brides has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $5 million from her non-profit employer.
Ephonia M. Green, of Upper Marlboro, pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling about $5.1 million from her former employer, the Association of American Medical Colleges, while working as an administrative assistant at the D.C.-based non-profit.
Green, 44, opened bank accounts in names that closely resembled legitimate vendors and authorized payment for services that were never performed. Court documents state Green embezzled more than $5 million from July 2005 to July 2013.
Her scheme was discovered when a bank withheld payment on a $113,000 check and notified the AAMC, according to court documents.
Green, who also owned Couture Miss Bridal and Formal, a bridal shop in Prince George’s County, allegedly paid $1.4 million to her bridal shop.
She’s agreed to sell her assets including her Upper Marlboro home, 401k, cars and bridal shop.
She will be sentenced in February. The original charges carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, but as part of the plea deal she is facing just 41-51 months in prison.
WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.