Woman embezzled more than $300K

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A Mississippi woman’s attorney told a judge that his client embezzled $303,000 from her employer to make online purchases because she had a ‘shopping compulsion.’

Elizabeth Rose O’Neil and her attorney, Don Rafferty, testified that she stole $1,400 to $1,600 a week over a five year period while working for J.O. Collins Contractor Inc. in Biloxi.

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An audit revealed she disguised business expenses and funneled them into her personal account.

She faces up to 20 years in prison at a March sentencing, but the District Attorney’s Office is recommending she serve five years under house arrest and repay the company.

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