FIRST ON WITN: Two Former ECU Employees Charged With Embezzlement

Two former ECU employees are accused of stealing thousands of dollars while they worked as cashiers at a university operated pharmacy.

Sandra Martinez of Greenville was arrested yesterday by ECU police on a charge of embezzlement of state property. Courthouse documents say the 37-year-old woman stole $62,428.73. Sherry Moore, 34, of La Grange was charged Wednesday with taking $17,000.

Both worked at the Bernstein Center Pharmacy on Easy Street and ECU says the thefts happened from July 1, 2010 until October 31, 2012.

ECU says an internal audit identified possible financial discrepancies and ECU police began a criminal investigation in November.

The university says Martinez was cashier and had worked for them since April 2011. Moore was a pharmacy technician and had been an employee since June 2001.

Both women were fired on January 9th for unacceptable personal conduct, according to ECU.

The pharmacy at the Bernstein Center is operated by ECU Physicians.

ECU says it has implemented additional measures to strengthen oversight to prevent future thefts.