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Updated Feb 21, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Woman accused of defrauding Arizona church, clinic

PHOENIX — Authorities say an accountant is in custody for allegedly
stealing about $145,000 from a veterinarian clinic in Buckeye and a Goodyear
church.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say 39-year-old Michelle Hice is on
probation for similar offenses in 2006.

Sheriff’s officials say the Buckeye woman was running the clinic’s daily
accounting, payroll, and bills for the past year through a third party
accounting firm.

Last October, the clinic was contacted by the IRS for non-payment of taxes and
discovered Hice had written more than $130,000 in unauthorized checks to
herself.

Sheriff’s detectives say Hice also did the church’s accounting until she was
fired last October.

Authorities determined Hice had written about $15,000 in checks to herself and
depositing them in her bank account.

They didn’t know if Hice has a lawyer.

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