- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A woman who embezzled more than $446,000 while working as a receptionist at a northern New Jersey medical practice has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Gwendolyn Muller also must pay $556,000 in restitution under the sentence imposed Tuesday. She also will have to serve three years of supervised release once she’s freed from prison.

The 53-year-old Muller, who formerly lived in Kearny, had pleaded guilty last October to embezzlement, credit card fraud and tax evasion charges.

Muller admitted that from 2007 through 2011, she used her position a medical office in Kearny to take, conceal and cash more than $446,000 in checks paid by insurance companies to the medical practice for services to patients.

At various times during this same period, she also fraudulently obtained 10 credit cards in the name of a principal of the medical practice. She used those cards to charge more than $218,000 in goods and services - a portion of which she paid for with embezzled funds.

Muller also admitted to filing a false tax return to evade the payment of taxes on this illegally obtained income.

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