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Ex-Emory employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

ATLANTA -- A former administrative assistant with Emory University pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $300,000 from the school.

Brenda Michael admitted she created a personal PayPal account, then instructed students to make their tuition and fee payments to it.

"Michael brazenly abused her position with Emory University," Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a statement. "Those funds were owed to the school, paid by students working on their college education."

Michael, 53, was hired by Emory in 2007. Investigators said she began embezzling the funds in 2012. She used the $317,000 she stole to pay her personal expenses.

She will be sentenced July 8 on a count of wire fraud.

Horn said Emory University cooperated fully with the FBI during its investigation.