- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Wilton’s former town clerk has been charged with embezzling.

Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey, in a news release Friday, said 31-year-old April Romero, of Thorsby, was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzling $8,752 from the Shelby County town between Jan. 1, 2016 and May 17, 2016.

Prosecutors also filed a plea agreement in which Romero acknowledges the charges and pledges to plead guilty to them. She also agreed to pay restitution to the town and forfeit $8,752 to the government as proceeds of illegal activity.

As clerk, Romero had access to and signature authority on all of the town’s bank accounts. According to her plea agreement, Romero stole the money by making unauthorized disbursements from town accounts and converting the money to her personal use.

She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

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