- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal prosecutors are trying to permanently seize luxury items and more than $1 million from a Pittsburgh woman who they say embezzled millions from a company.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a forfeiture action filed Wednesday that the IRS and U.S. postal inspectors have been investigating 54-year-old Cynthia Mills, a former treasury specialist at Pittsburgh-based Matthews International Corp.

The investigation surfaced when Matthews said in a financial report in July that a former employee was suspected of stealing $14 million.

Prosecutors say Mills moved embezzled funds - nearly $4 million - into different bank accounts between October 2013 and May 2015.

Prosecutors say she bought a $645,000 yacht, two Mercedes and a Ford Focus with the money.

Her lawyer did not comment on the government’s motion.

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