Woman sentenced for embezzling from Cherryville

The Associated Press

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CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Cherryville's former finance director faces 24 months in prison and must make restitution of more than $435,000 after being sentenced for embezzling money from the city.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1hz6myO) that 59-year-old Bonny Alexander was sentenced Friday in federal court for embezzling city funds from 2005 to 2011. A federal prosecutor says she spent the taxpayer money on cars, travel and a beach house.

An FBI analysis showed just $5,900 went to charity.

Alexander's attorney says her client is a broken woman who understands that her actions violated trust and harmed the city. Her prison term will be followed by two years of supervised release.

Cherryville Mayor H.L. said in court that the embezzlement left the city within one month of collapse and being insolvent.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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