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Ex-HR director who embezzled $1.8M from St. Louis company gets 3 years in prison

Ex-HR director who embezzled $1.8M from St. Louis company gets 3 years in prison

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ST. LOUIS — A former director of human resources who embezzled $1.8 million from a St. Louis-area company over a decade was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison.

Beginning in January 2009, Nicole M. Scott manipulated the company's payroll system to generate payments to terminated employees that were directly deposited into her account. She chose a type of payment to avoid the issuance of tax forms that could have revealed her scheme, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Bateman said in a court filing, then manipulated accounting records to further cover it up. 

Scott stole the money even though she and her husband were both well paid, Bateman wrote. She used it to fund "her lavish lifestyle," including an upscale home and expensive clothes, he wrote.

Scott, then 42, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in October. At that time, she handed the FBI a $200,000 check to begin repaying the money that was taken.

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