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Texas woman facing life in prison for embezzlement commits suicide

May 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas woman facing life in prison for embezzlement commits suicide

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A Texas woman who faced up to life behind bars for the embezzlement of $1.2 million committed suicide only hours before her sentencing.

Paige Moody Bisher, 43, shot herself in the chest in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart just hours before her scheduled sentencing on Wednesday, Harris County Institute of Forensic Science records cited by the Houston Chronicle revealed.

Bisher, whose cause of death was determined to be a suicide by the county’s medical examiner, entered a guilty plea in January, confessing that she over than $1 million from her employer while working as a part-time administrative assistant.

Prosecutor Lester Blizzard said he planned to seek an extended prison sentence from state District Judge Nikita Harmon after Bisher’s plea to the felony charge of first-degree theft of more than $300,000.

“It is a tragic event, and we will pray for the healing of those involved in this sad case,” Blizzard stated.

The missing money was noticed when Bisher’s boss requested to see the company’s most recent financial records, leading her to quit instead. An audit was then carried out, which determined that Bisher had been writing checks to herself. She was then indicted by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s financial crimes division.

“The abuse of trust, in this case, was unparalleled in the 24 years I’ve been investigating white-collar crimes,” Bryan Vaclavik, chief fraud examiner for Harris County prosecutors, said.

Last year, Bisher and her husband, Aaron, were highlighted in the Houston Chronicle after opening a barbecue restaurant. Aaron Bisher said he decided to open The Feedlot BBQ after he was laid off from his job in the oil industry. The establishment has since closed.

Bisher was a “true friend to many,” her friend Tobie Jo Baker said on Facebook.

“She will forever be missed,” the post stated. “At her request, there will not be a traditional funeral or service at this time.”

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