A Texas woman who faced up to life in prison after embezzling $1.2 million killed herself hours before being sentenced, court records show.
The Houston Chronicle. reports that Paige Moody Bisher, 43, of Spring, shot herself in the chest in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Humble. Texas on Wednesday.
Her apparent suicide happened just hours prior to her scheduled sentencing on, according to Harris County Institute of Forensic Science record.
Bisher, whose death was ruled a suicide by the county’s medical examiner, pleaded guilty in January, admitting that she stole more than $1 million from her Houston employer while working as a part-time administrative assistant.
Prosecutor Lester Blizzard said he intended to seek an extended prison term from state District Judge Nikita Harmon following Bisher’s plea to the felony charge of first-degree theft in excess of $300,000.
“It is a very tragic event and we will pray for the healing of all those involved in this sad case,” Blizzard wrote the newspaper in an email.
Paige Moody Bisher admitted to embezzling $1.2 million from a small Houston company where she was working part time as an admin assistant
Bisher’s felony theft allegedly, was discovered after the owner of the company asked to see the books and instead of showing him the accounts, Bisher quit. That triggered a full scale audit that found she had written checks to herself from the company’s coffers. The case was referred to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office financial crimes division, which obtained an indictment against Bisher.
“The abuse of trust in this case was unparalleled in the 24 years I’ve been investigating white-collar crimes,” Bryan Vaclavik, chief fraud examiner for Harris County prosecutors said.
Paige and husband Aaron Bisher and his wife, Paige after they opened their Feedlot BBQ joint in Magnolia, last year. It now closed
In February 2017, Bisher and her husband, Aaron, were featured in the Houston Chronicle after opening a barbecue restaurant in Magnolia. Aaron Bisher at the time said he decided to open The Feedlot BBQ after getting laid off from the oil industry. The restaurant has since closed.
Bisher was a “true blue friend to many,” her friend Tobie Jo Baker posted on Facebook.
“She will forever be missed,” the post read. “At her request, there will not be a traditional funeral or memorial service at this time.”