WASHINGTON — A Maryland woman who used to be known for donating wedding dresses to military brides pleaded guilty in 2013 to embezzling more than $5 million from her non-profit employer over an eight-year period.
While working for the Association of American Medical Colleges, 44-year-old Ephonia M. Green, opened bank accounts in names that closely resembled legitimate vendors and authorized payment for services that were never performed.
Her scheme was discovered when a bank withheld payment on a $113,000 check and notified the AAMC, according to court documents.
In July, Green was sentenced to nearly four years in prison. She had previously agreed in court to sell her assets including her Upper Marlboro home, her 401k, her cars and her bridal shop, Couture Miss Bridal and Formal in Upper Marlboro.
This week, all of Green’s legal missteps paid off for local brides when the branch of the U.S. government that deals with federal assets held a three-day bridal sale at Baltimore–Washington International Airport to try to recoup some of the embezzled money.
According to the General Services Administration, there were 2,000 pieces of discounted merchandise, including gowns, tuxedos, shoes and accessories.
“Bridal dresses are not actually our forte, but we’ll do anything that can be identified to then help restore the victims of the crimes,” Jason Martinez, U.S. Marshals Service, told WJZ-TV.
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