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Wake County woman sentenced to prison for embezzling from law office

Posted August 5, 2013

— A former board member of Hospice of Wake County was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison Friday after she pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement charges.

Susan Rouse was sentenced to 131 to 179 months in prison on charges that she embezzled more than $1 million over a seven-year period from Nicholls & Crampton, P.A., the Raleigh law firm where she worked as a law office administrator.

Authorities say much of the money was recovered, however, $237,331.69 in restitution remains outstanding.

Rouse was a longtime member of the Hospice of Wake County who resigned after she was charged last year in connection with the embezzlement at her law firm.


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  • teleman60 Aug 6, 2013

    Mentioning Hospice of Wake County so prominently WHEN IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EMBEZZLEMENT does a real disservice to an organization that cares for the dying and that I have worked with in the deaths of a mother and her son - both of cancer.

    Please WRAL think about removing this meaningless reference to a group that is a real LIGHT of comfort to those in need.

  • Lady Justice Aug 6, 2013

    "Ah, taking money she did not earn...I bet she is a democrat."

    Don't think she is registered that way, if she is.

  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 6, 2013

    "I bet she is a democrat." - McLovin

    Nope, she is unaffiliated. I looked up her voter ID information.

  • 678devilish Aug 6, 2013

    Justice was served. May others doing the same or similar thing stop and learn from this story.

  • McLovin Aug 6, 2013

    Ah, taking money she did not earn...I bet she is a democrat.

  • Z Man Aug 6, 2013

    Confiscate and sell all her belongings.

  • Stupefied Aug 6, 2013

    She was actually admitted to prison on 8/2/13.

  • stix16 Aug 6, 2013

    "Ok, she should be punished but people kill their own children & get less time than this...what is wrong with this picture? Seems we value money more than a human life."

    Now this part of the story is probably misleading. More than likely the sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation and ordered pay restitution. In other words the writer of this article has mislead the reader.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 5, 2013

    $237,000 still not repaid. Sorry but put her where she cannot handle money she did not earn. She should be charged.

  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 5, 2013

    "Interesting that the law firm pressed for charges after the money was repaid" -one

    ???? How do you figure? Story: "237,333.69" is "outstanding."