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Prominent Abingdon citizen admits embezzling

A civic leader and former legal secretary has acknowledging stealing thousands from a retired doctor.

Jean Neal is charged with one count of embezzlement and 32 counts each of forgery, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining money under false pretenses, reports the Bristol Herald-Courier.

Neal worked part time as a private secretary and bookkeeper for Dr. Sam Miller, a longtime Abingdon physician. She was also previously employed as a legal secretary for at least two law firms.

In a taped confession, Neal said mounting family medical expenses led to the embezzlement, which was estimated to be between $40,000 and $60,000.

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