Woman claims gambling addiction fueled $13M embezzlement scheme

A woman who carried out the single largest embezzlement scheme in western Pennsylvania history did it in part because she is addicted to gambling, her lawyer said.

Cynthia Mills, 56, who admitted to stealing almost $13 million from her employer, Matthews International on the North Shore, is set to be sentenced on July 28 in U.S. District Court.

Her lawyer, Phillip DiLucente, has repeatedly declined to comment on her case but said in a pre-sentence filing that his client's gambling problem largely motivated her thefts over 16 years at the company.

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