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A federal jury in Wheeling recently found a former Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort bookkeeper guilty of embezzling $1.3 million from her employer.

Anita Ambler was convicted on all 25 counts after the four-day trial.  She was charged in a December 2012 indictment with mail fraud and wire fraud. A superseding indictment was filed Feb. 5.

The 25 counts consist of 11 counts of mail fraud, deposit and causing the deposit of matters and things to be sent and delivered by private and commercial interstate carrier, 10 counts of wire fraud and four counts of transacting in criminal proceeds.

Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort is owned by MTR Gaming Groups and is operated as a thoroughbred racetrack and casino in Chester.

As a bookkeeper, Ambler was in charge of The Horseman's Purse Account, which had horsemen's funds as well as proceeds from race winnings.

The superseding indictment said Ambler knew which accounts were dormant and could be fraudulently used without discovery.

In an approximately five-year period starting in March 2005, Ambler took approximately $1,305,090 from the Horseman's account, the indictment states.

She did so by using checks written from fake or compromised accounts, which were funded by transfers made from dormant accounts, the superseding indictment said.

The indictment said checks were issued in the names of Amber's family members and her business, Forgotten Farms, and forged checks were deposited in an attempt to conceal the theft.

Additionally, Ambler must forfeit property in Reva, Va., and a Dodge Nitro she purchased.