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Hillary Hudesman pays back $231,000 she stole from former Manhasset employer, DA says

The former office manager of a Manhasset medical practice has paid back $231,000 she stole from her employer, prosecutors said Friday in announcing her sentence for the scam.

Hillary Hudesman, 55, of Woodbury, spent 2 months in jail before Nassau County Court Judge Christopher Quinn sentenced her Friday to 5 years of probation, the Nassau district attorney's office said in a news release.

Hudesman pleaded guilty in December to second-degree larceny, a C felony, in connection with the theft over a four-year period, from January 2008 to February 2012, prosecutors said.

She spent the money "on a wide variety of personal expenses, including purchases from department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, dry cleaners and nail salons," prosecutors said in a statement.

"This defendant abused her employer's trust every single time she swiped her credit card to pay for personal items using company funds," Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

Messages left with Hudesman's attorney Dennis Lemke were not immediately returned.

Hudesman stole the money from the medical practice where she worked "by directing that checks be drawn to pay for personal expenses on her own credit cards without authorization from her employer," prosecutors said in the news release. "As office manager, Hudesman's duties included requesting that the practice's checks be cut to pay for business expenses that were paid by using her personal credit card -- there being no office credit cards."

Hudesman's unidentified employer discovered the scam and referred to Rice office's for investigation. She was arrested in March 2013, prosecutors said.

With Patricia Kitchen

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