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Gambling embezzler gets 2 1/2 years
Akron woman stole from law firm and used money at West Virginia casinos

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
An Akron woman is headed to prison for two-and-a-half years for stealing money from her employer and using it to gamble. Catherine Chenoweth pleaded guilty in June to embezzling more than 350-thousand dollars from the Uniontown law firm where she worked. Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. attorneys office, says she was fired in January 2010 from her job as a paralegal.
Gambling embezzler gets 2 1/2 years

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“She had access to the clients’ information and also, obviously, the law firm’s books. Ms. Chenoweth used a good portion of that money to gamble at some casinos in West Virginia. Her attorneys argued in open court that she has a gambling problem. The thought is that she stole the money to feed that addiction.”

Tobin could not comment on how the scheme was discovered. He does not believe that 56-year-old Chenoweth has to make restitution to the law firm.
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