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Lumberton woman faces 530 counts of embezzlement

Posted November 17, 2010
Updated November 18, 2010

— A Lumberton woman has been indicted on 530 charges in connection with the theft of money from her employer.

Sue Byrd Hicks, 52, is accused of embezzling funds from Accent Fabrics, where she handled the company's finances, for several years.

Authorities said she used the money to pay utility bills, auto repairs, medical procedures, clothing and property taxes and to finance two businesses she used to own.

It's unclear how much money was taken, authorities said.

Investigators began looking into the case after Accent Fabrics' owner was notified by the IRS that the company was delinquent on several years of tax payments, authorities said.

Hicks was released after posting a $242,500 bond on Wednesday.


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  • ranquick Nov 17, 2010

    How long has she been working at the place she is accused of embezzleing the funds. I think someone else may have been involved as well, like the owner.

  • airbornemonty Nov 17, 2010

    Holly smoke! I would put a lien on everything she ownes including the clothes she was wearing down to the unmentionable's.

  • harmstrong4 Nov 17, 2010

    But look at that face. She is someone's mother or Grandmother.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Nov 17, 2010

    "and to finance two finance two businesses"


  • anonemoose Nov 17, 2010

    I bet the leo who served the papers got writers cramp. That would have been a minimum of 176 warrants to sign........I think I would have ordered a stamp before doing that one.

  • johnnyboy Nov 17, 2010

    HA!! Very true, my friend! Very funny.

  • haleibc Nov 17, 2010

    Seems a little strange that this much money was not missed until irs got involved. Could she maybe be used as a fallguy.

  • mwlral8778 Nov 17, 2010

    Sounds like this business owner is a flaming dolt. If this went on for years and the owner was this clueless one must question the owner's sanity.

  • Twittyfan Nov 17, 2010

    That business should have kept up with the books and audit the records. You can't trust anyone this day and time no matter how honest they look. I have worked around money my whole life and I have never had the desire to steal..I try to live so I will never end up behind bars because I don't like the thought of someone telling me when I can eat and go to sleep plus you don't have the privacy to use the restroom.. gross I couldn't imagine being in a little cell...but then some jails you have tv phones school 3 hot meals a day...

  • rlsmith5 Nov 17, 2010

    Send her to Washington. She would fit right in there.