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