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Former teacher admits embezzling $433K from union

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 8:23 am •  Published: February 20, 2013

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — A former middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges that she embezzled $433,000 from the Worcester County teachers' union.

The Daily Times of Salisbury ( reports that Denise Owens admitted she stole the money to finance her gambling addiction.

Prosecutors say Owens visited casinos in Delaware more than 600 times over a 3-year period and gambled more than $1 million.

The 58-year-old Owens apologized for her actions in court Tuesday, saying she knew she was wrong from the minute she started stealing. She said she was relieved to have been caught.

A judge sentenced her to 2 years in prison and ordered her to repay $211,000. Her attorney, Robert Marvel Jr., says Owens has already paid back about $195,000.


Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.,