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Kia Motors accountant sentenced to six years in prison for embezzling $889,000

June 25, 2010 |  1:22 pm

A Kia Motors accountant was sentenced Friday to six years and four months in federal prison for embezzling $889,000 from the company.

Cecile Nhung Campbell, 55, pleaded guilty in 2008 to federal charges of grand theft, money laundering and filing false tax returns, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorneys office.

Her ex-husband, Mel Wayne Campbell, 56, pleaded guilty last month to the same charges .

Cecile Campbell’s brother, Long Ngoc Ho, 50, pleaded guilty in 2007 to felony grand theft. He faces a maximum of 12 years in state prison when he is sentenced in September.

Cecile Campbell worked for Irvine-based Kia in 2002, when she made three transfers worth a combined $889,000 to a Wells Fargo account opened by Ho under a fictitious business name.

The Campbells, who were married at the time, used the stolen money to pay off personal debts.

-- Sam Quinones