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Man pleads guilty to embezzling $1.8M

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A former Weener Plastics employee who embezzled more than $1.8 million from the Wilson company will spend a decade behind bars.

Christopher Hayes Taylor, who pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement in February, was sentenced last week in Wilson County Superior Court.

Halifax County Resident Superior Court Judge Alma Hinton sentenced Taylor to roughly 5 to 6 ½ years for each charge. Those sentences will run consecutively, according to court records. Taylor was also ordered to pay $1,824,311.42 in restitution to the company.

Taylor, who was finance manager for about eight years prior to his firing, embezzled money from the company between July 2010 and February 2016.

“We feel like justice has been served,” said Angie Parnell, Weener Plastics operation manger in Wilson. She said a forensic audit was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers that proved Taylor acted alone.

Taylor was initially charged with 15 counts of embezzlement and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

The global company, headquartered in the Netherlands, designs and produces various plastic packagings for personal care, food and beverage, home care and chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

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