NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for stealing more than $550,000 from her former employer.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says in a Wednesday news release that 65-year-old Christelle Schmidt of Thibodaux was sentenced to 33 months in prison earlier this month.
She had pleaded guilty to bank larceny in March.
In a court document accompanying her plea agreement, prosecutors said the thefts began sometime after Schmidt began working as a bookkeeper for a south Louisiana architectural firm in 2002. They continued through 2017.
Prosecutors said Schmidt used a credit card, issued by the firm, for personal expenses and paid the credit card debts with money from the firm's bank accounts.