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Ephonia Green has given away 275 wedding gown ensembles to military brides over the last five years from her bridal shop in Maryland. But how has she been able to afford such philanthropy, while working as a $56,000-a-year administrative assistant for a nonprofit organization? Since 2005, when Green started receiving publicity for her charitable gifts of wedding dresses, she has been allegedly stolen about $5.1 million from her employer, the Association of American Medical Colleges and funneled the funds through her bridal shop.

1. How was Green able to disguise her embezzlement?
2. What segregation of duties were missing from her job?
3. How did the fraud unravel?

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Flaherty, M.P. and J. Stephens. (2013). Maryland Woman Accused of Stealing Millions From D.C. Nonprofit Group. The Washington Post, Nov. 24 (Retrievable online at