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      SC woman who embezzled $500,000 to be sentenced

      Photo of Duncan taken from profile on LinkedIn.

      COLUMBIA (AP) -- The state Hospitality Association's former accountant will be sentenced this week for stealing $500,000 from her employer. Sentencing for Rachel Duncan is set for Tuesday, four months after she pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion and wire fraud charges.

      The 42-year-old has been free on a $25,000 bond. The State newspaper reports that her attorney detailed Duncan's history of gambling addiction and abusive relationships in court documents, in hopes of a reduced sentence.

      Attorney Greg Harris says Duncan will agree to repay $367,500 to the association over her lifetime. While an audit found nearly $500,000 was missing, attorneys negotiated the reduced amount. Her plea came 10 weeks after chief executive officer Tom Sponseller was reported missing.

      He was found 10 days later in a storage room.

      He had committed suicide.