Ex-bookkeeper Gets 8 Months in Ala. Embezzlement

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A bookkeeper who admitted embezzling money
from a Fairhope bookstore has been sentenced to eight months in
prison and an additional two months of home confinement.

U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose also ordered 42-year-old Theresa Canavan Lyda to pay back more than $81,000 that she pilfered from Page and Palette from July 2006 through December 2008.

The Press-Register reports Sunday that Lyda, who began working at the store in 2006, admitted she used Page and Palette checks, credit cards and direct deposits from the store's bank account to pay for personal expenses.

Officials say she altered accounting software to hide illegal payments totaling $106,481.

Page and Palette owner Karin Wilson said she's happy Lyda will do prison time and that the company is still suffering from the financial loss.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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