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A senior living community bookkeeper has been accused of embezzling at least $1.5 million from her employer through unauthorized bank transfers.

Amy Elizabeth Curry is charged with wire fraud and money laundering for making at least 154 unauthorized bank transfers to accounts controlled by her and her then-boyfriend from Silver Bluff Village, a senior living and care community providing assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services in Canton, NC. The transfers reportedly occurred between Dec. 7, 2022, and April 4, 2023.

The indictment from the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina also alleges that Curry bought a 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck using embezzled funds.

The FBI in North Carolina alleged that Curry had access to and control over Silver Bluff’s bank accounts and accounting records in her role as office manager and bookkeeper. 

Curry, who was employed by Silver Bluff from July 2022 through April 2023, initially was indicted in state superior court before being charged in federal court, according to the Smoky Mountain News. The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office investigated after a Silver Bluff administrator reported larceny. 

The community was notified by an online bank, Chime, that a fraud investigator noticed suspicious activity after Curry deposited $1.4 million into accounts under her name and the name of her boyfriend, identified only as “JC” in the indictment. Another financial institution, Pinnacle Bank, located other accounts in Curry’s name, bringing the total suspected embezzlement amount up to $1.6 million. Curry later changed her direct deposit to a bank account with the State Employees’ Credit Union, according to the media outlet.

In addition to the charge, the indictment includes a notice of forfeiture of $1.5 million, plus $117,867 seized from four bank accounts, as well as four vehicles: a 2023 Polaris, a 2023 Nissan Maxima, a 2020 Kia Optima and the pickup truck.

The wire fraud charge carries a minimum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The money laundering charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

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