- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A North Andover woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she embezzled nearly $1.7 million from her employer and used the money on high-end cars, vacations, spa treatments and other luxuries.

Dorothy Giard was released on personal recognizance after her arraignment Wednesday in Salem Superior Court on charges of larceny and making false entries into corporate books.

Prosecutors say between May 2007 and February 2012, the 44-year-old Giard had “unsupervised and unfettered access” to Lawrence-based Diamond Ironworks’ accounts and books.

The Eagle-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1z2isbq ) reports that she allegedly used company funds to pay personal credit card bills and stole through unauthorized charges to corporate credit cards, then falsified company records to cover her tracks.

Her lawyer had no comment.



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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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