- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a Humane Society employee has been accused of stealing more than $30,000 in donation money meant to help care for animals to fund a trip to Aruba.

WJLA-TV (https://bit.ly/1Gl1rf5 ) reported Monday 37-year-old Atiya Pope, of Manassas, Virginia, has been charged with theft and embezzlement. Authorities say she stole the money from the Humane Society of the United States between 2013 and 2015.

Authorities say Pope routinely used her company credit card to make dozens of personal purchases including thousands of dollars on car rentals, food and a luxury vacation to Aruba. In total, Pope is accused of embezzling $31,175.

She has since been terminated from her position.

Pope faces up to 20 years in prison. It is unclear if she has a lawyer.

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Information from: WJLA-TV, https://www.wjla.com

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