Md. bridal gown shop owner gets 4 years in prison for stealing $5M from nonprofit

Euphonia Green. (WJLA photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - A woman known for donating gowns from her Maryland bridal shop to military brides has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for stealing more than $5 million from her nonprofit employer.

Forty-four-year-old Ephonia Green of Upper Marlboro was also ordered to pay restitution by liquidating her bridal shop and other properties believed obtained with the stolen funds at her sentencing Friday in U.S. District Court in D.C.

Prosecutors said Green embezzled the money while she worked at the Association of American Medical Colleges, which administers the admissions test used by medical schools.

Court documents indicated Green opened bank accounts in names that closely resembled legitimate vendors. One of the names she used, for example, was Brookings Institute - similar to the D.C. think-tank named The Brookings Institution.

Green cried as she apologized in court, saying she had "heartbreak every day" over the theft. But she later hid her face under a straw hat as she ran from the courthouse to a waiting car.

Attorneys for AAMC issued a statement following the sentencing that read simply: "We are pleased that Ms Green has been held accountable for her crimes."