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Ex-Ga. Aquarium employee convicted of stealing $250,000
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Ex-Ga. Aquarium employee convicted of stealing $250,000

ATLANTA -- A former Georgia Aquarium account assistant pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $250,000 from the facility.

Marina Magvrone Davis, 24, was convicted of 11 counts of theft by taking and one count of violating Georgia's RICO Act.

The defendant was responsible for processing Georgia Aquarium customers' credit card refunds. Between February 2012 and January 2013, Davis processed about 114 fraudulent refunds to more than a dozen debit cards linked to bank accounts she opened with her roommate, 25-year-old Ebone Curtisha Ray.

A Georgia Aquarium manager discovered the discrepancies after Davis quit her job, according to prosecutors. The aquarium hired a forensic accounting firm to investigate.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Davis to 20 years, with four to serve in prison. She must also pay $110,000 in restitution, and is not allowed to pursue a trust or fiduciary job during her sentence.

Ray was also scheduled to stand trial Monday, but did not appear in court. A judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

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