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Medical office manager faces time for stealing $415K

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The Bucks County District Attorney's Office says an office manager drove a Doylestown medical practice to the brink of financial ruin. 

Officials say Michelle Lightbourne, 37, of Quakertown, stole over $415,000 throughout a six-year period. She admitted to several schemes she engaged in at Doylestown Internal Medicine where she worked for 14 years. 

Lightbourne pleaded guilty to theft and computer-related felonies, according to the District Attorney's office. She told officials she took $82,000 in unauthorized overtime, $94,000 from daily receipts, and $145,000 in personal expenses charged to the office's credit card. Officials say she falsified the books to protect herself. 

The District Attorney says when Lightbourne's schemes came to light in 2016, the medical practice was unable to pay its employees or meet operating expenses. 

Lightbourne must serve five years of concurrent probation in addition to serving one to three years in state prison. The judge also ordered her to pay over $400,000 in restitution to the three doctors who employed her.

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