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Woman Accused Of Stealing $116,000 Goes Before Judge

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A woman accused of stealing more than a $100,000 from her employer went before a judge this morning.

Morehead City police Thursday arrested Michelle Branche on embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense charges.

Police say Branche has worked at Sea Breeze Family Practice on Bridges Street for the past 18 years. They say the doctor's office found some discrepancies in deposits in July and discovered a little over $20,000 was missing.

After an investigation and going through more records, they discovered $116,000 has been taken since January 2010.

The judge kept her bond at $50,000 and her next court date is November 8th.

Branche remains in jail.


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A Carteret County woman is behind bars, accused of stealing more than a $100,000 from her employer.

Morehead City police today arrested Michelle Branche on embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense charges.

Police say Branche has worked at Sea Breeze Family Practice on Bridges Street for the past 18 years. They say the doctor's office found some discrepancies in deposits in July and discovered a little over $20,000 was missing.

After an investigation and going through more records, they discovered $116,000 has been taken since January 2010.

Branche turned herself into police this afternoon. She's in jail on a $50,000 bond and has a first appearance Friday morning.


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