- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Salvation Army finance manager has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $272,000 from the nonprofit.

The office of U.S. Attorney John A. Horn said in a news release Wednesday that 47-year-old Gary Hilliard of Mableton pleaded guilty in an Atlanta federal court to committing embezzlement while he worked for the Salvation Army in metro Atlanta from 2008 to 2012.

Investigators say Hilliard created false invoices and then deposited the fraudulently obtained checks.

Hilliard is scheduled to be sentenced on March 31 before U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May.

According to its website, the Salvation Army serves more than 30 million Americans each year through various programs. Each Christmas season, it raises millions for needy families, seniors and the homeless through its red kettle program.

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