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      Woman charged with embezzlement

      Stacy Griffin-Lowery, 33, Holts Summit, Mo.

      The United States Attorney's office announced Friday that Stacy Griffin-Lowery, 33, of Holts Summit, Mo. was sentenced to three years probation for her embezzling money from the Missouri Veteran's Commission.

      Griffin-Lowery sentencing included 200 hours of community service and, as per her plea agreement, repaying the full amount of her embezzlement, which totalled $90,191.

      Griffin-Lowery was employed as an accountant with the Missouri Veteran's Commission from 2005 until 2008, when it was discovered that she had charged over $17,000 in personal charges to her goverment credit card and improper expense reports. She was then fired and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stealing charge in state court, at which time it was required she repay the money.

      Soon after Griffin-Lowery's dismissal, a Commission audit discovered an additional $90,000 that had been embezzled by creating false invoices and directing the payment for those invoices to a personal credit card account that she controlled. This was confirmed by an audit conducted by the Missouri State Auditor.

      The Veteran's Commission stated that they "appreciated the work of the United State's Attorney's Office to ensure that justice is served and to recoup the resources that were denied to Missouri Veterans."