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Olive Branch woman pleads guilty to embezzling thousands

An Olive Branch woman pled guilty this week to forging the signature of her boss as she embezzled more than $150,000. An Olive Branch woman pled guilty this week to forging the signature of her boss as she embezzled more than $150,000.

(WMC-TV) - An Olive Branch woman pled guilty this week to forging the signature of her boss as she embezzled more than $150,000.

Jennifer George-Hamilton, 32, pled guilty to forging the signature of Memphis attorney Eulyse M. Smith, on an account maintained by Smith's business at Regions Bank.

George-Hamilton was employed by Smith as a secretary and bookkeeper at his law practice until his death in April.

According to the Department of Justice, after he died, family members grew suspicious that George-Hamilton was embezzling money by forging Smith's signature, and contacted Memphis police.

Investigators with the U.S. Secret Service soon found that George-Hamilton stole approximately $153,000 from September 2007 through April 2011.

After forging her boss' signature on a check, investigators said, she would either cash it or deposit it into her bank account.

George-Hamilton is scheduled to be sentenced in November.  She faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

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