An administrative assistant working at a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. admitted yesterday to stealing more than $5 million from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in one of the largest embezzlement schemes ever to occur in the area, the Washington Post website reports today (November 26, 2013).
Ephonia Green, 44, who earned $56,000 a year at the District-based AAMC -- which administers the test known as the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) that is used as a criterion in medical school admissions -- pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to carrying out the theft over an eight-year period.
"Her lucrative and long-running scheme came crashing down when her employer discovered her deception and informed law enforcement," U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr., said in a statement released after the hearing. "She now faces years in prison as a result of the millions she stole for her own self-indulgence that were initially intended to benefit educational programs."
Green -- speaking softly and clutching a handkerchief to wipe tears as she answered questions from Judge Beryl Howell -- did not provide any insight into her motivations. As part of the plea, Green agreed to repay $5.1 million to the association. The money will come in part from the sale of her $1.1 million home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She faces up to 51 months in prison, with a sentencing hearing set for February 28, 2014.