- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A former payroll director for the Grady Memorial Hospital Corp. has been convicted of stealing nearly half a million dollars from the hospital.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta says 55-year-old Donald Thomas embezzled more than $480,000 by falsifying extra vacation and severance pay for terminated Grady employees and depositing the money in his bank account.

Prosecutors say Thomas oversaw payroll for all 5,500 Grady employees from January 2008 to 2011. Prosecutors say he added additional money to the terminated employees’ payroll records and then replaced their bank information with his own.

The scheme was discovered when a terminated employee contacted payroll staff to say her tax form showed more money than she’d earned.

Thomas is set to be sentenced on Feb. 25.

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