- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 49-year-old Illinois woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling roughly $600,000 from the St. Louis County health care company where she worked.

Federal prosecutors say Susan Winebarger funneled money from VNA-TIP of Bridgeton into her personal bank accounts between January 2008 and December 2013. She was also accused of using a company debit card to purchase personal items. VNA-TIP provides visiting nurses and hospice care to clients in Missouri and Illinois.

Winebarger was the company’s chief financial officer and later its chief executive officer. The Highland, Illinois resident pleaded guilty to two felony counts of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each count. Winebarger is scheduled to be sentenced in late August.

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