• Former nonprofit worker accused of embezzling at least $200,000 from organization


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Federal prosecutors said Susan Watson was a payroll administrator for a Charlotte nonprofit. Neither side has said which nonprofit. 

    But prosecutors said Watson had a scheme to "defraud," "embezzle," and "exploit" her position. Prosecutors claim Watson took other employees' and former employees' names, created pre-paid debit card accounts, loaded the nonprofit's money on the cards, activated the cards and then withdrew the money for herself. They said she stole at least $200,000.

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    Watson only faces one charge, wire fraud. If convicted, she could go to prison for up to 20 years.

    When Action 9 asked her outside court Tuesday about the allegations, she didn't respond. Her lawyer said they didn't have a comment at that time.

    Prosecutors said Watson has a pattern of theft.

    They said she left the nonprofit and went to work for a local car dealership but was fired for allegedly stealing. 

    Now, prosecutors said Gastonia police are investigating her for possible credit card fraud. 

    They said she worked as a caretaker for a person in the early stages of dementia and stole $13,000 from that person.

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