- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the former payroll director at Grady Memorial Hospital has been sentenced in an embezzlement scheme.

Authorities said Wednesday that 55-year-old Donald Thomas was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for stealing roughly $500,000 from the hospital.

Investigators say Thomas falsified additional vacation and severance pay records for former hospital employees and deposited the money into his own accounts. Prosecutors say most of the money was funneled into a business account and the theft was discovered when Thomas was laid off in 2011.

Officials say one of the employees noticed inflated income that was listed on their federal W-2 and reported it to hospital officials. Investigators found 136 fraudulent transactions worth more than $480,000.

Thomas is ordered to pay restitution to the hospital.

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