Former executive sentenced in $1.8 million embezzling case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former human resources director from St. Louis was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for embezzling more than $1.8 million from her employer.

Nicole Scott, 42, also must pay back the money. She pleaded guilty in October to one federal count of wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors say that from 2009 to 2019, Scott manipulated the unnamed company's payroll system so that company payments were made to terminated employees, but with the money going into her personal account.

Scott used the money on clothing, mortgage payments and other personal expenses.