Ephonia Green pleads guilty to embezzling $5.1 million from nonprofit

Green is accused of embezzling $5.1 million. Photo: ABC7

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - A woman known for donating gowns from her Upper Marlboro bridal shop to military brides has pleaded guilty to stealing $5.1 million in a case thought to be one of the largest embezzlements from an area nonprofit group.

Ephonia Green faces more than four years in prison as a result of her plea, during which she admitted to stealing millions of dollars from her previous employer, the Association of American Medical Colleges, between July of 2005 and July of 2013.

Court files show nearly $1.4 million was paid through checks to Green's Couture Miss Bridal & Formal.

A court document states Green opened bank accounts in names that closely resembled legitimate vendors, but the alleged plot was discovered when a bank withheld payment on a $113,000 check and notified the association.

Green is known throughout the D.C. area for providing wedding gowns to the future wives of U.S. servicemembers and female soldiers themselves as part of the Brides Across America program.