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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A former nursing home bookkeeper is being convicted of stealing money from residents. 

The Alabama Attorney General announced on Tuesday that 49-year-old Mary K. Nowell of Bon Secour, is convicted of theft of patient funds from Evergreen Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Conecuh County.

Nowell was employed as a bookkeeper at the facility from November of 2008 until February of 2013. The owner of the facility, Crowne Management, conducted an internal audit of the patient trust funds after discrepancies were noted in resident's accounts. 

The audit found that Nowell had embezzled more than $4,000 by manipulating the computer based accounting records. The findings were then immediately reported to the AG's office.

Nowell pleaded guilty before Conecuh County District Judge Jeffrey Brock to first-degree theft of property, a class B felony and was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment. This sentence was suspended and she was placed on 14 months probation, ordered to pay $4,280 in restitution to Crowne management and a $500 fine.

"We are grateful for the diligence of the facility's management in discovering this theft and taking prompt action to bring the defendant to justice," said Attorney General Strange. "Today's conviction should serve as a message that preying upon vulnerable nursing home residents will not be tolerated." 

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