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Woman accused of embezzling millions from NMB company pleads guilty

Alicia Altman, the woman in the dark dress, stands as Judge Robert Hood sentences her to two and a half years in prison.
Alicia Altman, the woman in the dark dress, stands as Judge Robert Hood sentences her to two and a half years in prison.

A North Myrtle Beach woman was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Alicia Altman admitted to stealing from her North Myrtle Beach employer, The Hoffman Corp., between 2006 and 2017. She was arrested in March 2017 after her employer accused her of stealing more than $3 million.

Altman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $10,000 during her time with the company. Solicitor’s office public information specialist Tonya Root said that the $10,000 amount is the highest monetary threshold for the charge, so the amount of money she stole above that number did not affect sentencing.

She said the exact amount she stole would be determined later as part of a civil settlement to be reached within 30 days.

Defense attorney Morgan Martin asked Horry County Judge Robert Hood to consider Altman’s 17-year-old son during sentencing.

Martin said that despite the theft, Altman wasn’t a bad employee.

“She made them money,” he said. “She stole from them, I’m not saying she didn’t, but the reason she was there and the reason she was entrusted was that she did a good job. There is value in Alicia Altman.”

In a statement, Altman said she was sorry for her actions.

“I would just like to say to Casey and David that I am truly sorry,” she said. “No amount of words can change what happened and I am truly sorry.”

In addition to the jail time, Hood ordered Altman to pay the plaintiff’s $30,000 she had received from a previous legal settlement, as well as the civil judgment that would be negotiated by Altman, her former employers, and their attorneys.

Christian Boschult: 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

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