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      Manlius woman accused of stealing from hospital program

      A Manlius woman is accused of stealing money from a program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.

      Federal prosecutors say Bonnie Simson, 41, worked for the hospital for about 10 years as the manager of the Patient Telephone and Television Services Program. Investigators say between December of 2000 and March of 2011, she took cash from payments patients made to the PTTSP, and faked records on how much patients paid.

      Prosecutors say Simson took more than $800,000 by stealing money from patients who were buying phone and TV service.

      Simson was arraigned Thursday on one count of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

      Assistant U.S. Attorney Gwen Carroll says Simson used the money to support a drug habit.

      Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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