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Ex-bookkeeper sentenced for lumber company theft

MERIDIAN — A Lauderdale County woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with three suspended for embezzlement from a local lumber company.

Anne Marie Neal pleaded guilty in May to embezzling $231,000 from Stallworth Lumber Company. Prosecutors say she took the money between Jan. 2000 and Dec. 2008 while working as a bookkeeper.

She was sentenced Wednesday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court.

District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell tells WTOK-TV that Neal was placed on five years probation after she is released and was ordered to make restitution.

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