Rowan County woman sentenced to nine years for embezzlement

Published: Nov. 3, 2016 at 2:18 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2016 at 2:21 PM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Rockwell woman was sentenced to more than 9 years in prison for embezzlement, the Rowan County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Erin Lynn Upright  was convicted by a jury this week on two counts of felony embezzlement. The District Attorney's Office says Upright admitted her status as a habitual felon following the jury's verdict.

An employee at the McDonald's on East Innes Street in Salisbury said Upright, who was the day shift manager at the time, was supposed to deposit $3,796, but the bank couldn't locate the deposit.

Upright gave conflicting statements about the deposit when confronted by police.

Officers determined that Upright made another deposit for $1,800 from November 2014.

An employee told police Upright said she had the money and needed to pay off tickets, so the employee allowed Upright to borrow the money. The employee said Upright never payed the money back.

Upright was previously convicted of felony identity theft, felony forgery and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

"The Financial Crimes Initiative through the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys has provided our office a valuable resource in the approach to fighting financial crimes," District Attorney Brandy Cook said.

Upright was sentenced to a minimum of 110 months and a maximum of 144 months in prison.

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