Woman admits to embezzling from Mary Kay cosmetics provider

A Baltimore woman has admitted to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her Ellicott City employer, one of the largest Mary Kay cosmetics providers in the country.

Angela Brown Knight, 48, of the 3900 block of Clarinth Road, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 in Howard County Circuit Court to one count of theft. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 9, according to online court documents.

Knight had worked from October 2005 until January 2010 as an executive assistant to Gloria Mayfield Banks, an Ellicott City resident who is No. 4 in the company, according to a statement Senior Assistant State's Attorney Colleen McGuinn read in court. Knight had access to Banks' personal and business bank accounts.

Banks' husband, Kenneth, discovered in January 2010 that a significant sum of money had been moved from a joint account into one of his wife's accounts. The couple realized that Knight was the only other person who could have accessed the account, McGuinn said.

After Knight was fired, the Banks determined that a total of $87,700 had been moved into Gloria Banks' accounts from the joint account without permission, McGuinn said. That money was then spent on clothing, concert and event tickets, and items from several retail stores, among other things.

Police searched Knight's home in October 2010 and found many of those items, including a washer and dryer, a flat-screen television and furniture, McGuinn said.

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