By Ian Schwartz

STOCkTON (CBS13) — A Stockton doctor is accused of embezzling more than a half a million dollars.

Instead of looking through a microscope at tissue samples, Dr. Elvira Milano was looking at a judge in handcuffs on Friday, accused of stealing more than $500,000 from her former boss.

“What we have to show is that the money was entrusted to her, the control of it was, that she took it without permission,” said San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor.

The prosecution says she was in charge of the finances at Delta Pathology Associates from 2007 to 2012.

“Embezzlement cases are usually just paper, between the CPA, the employer. There’s not much else,” Taylor said.

The paper trail, he says, indicates Milano’s salary for 2011 was $226,000, but the chief financial officer allegedly paid herself an additional $432,000.

Prosecutors say embezzlement accusations against middle-aged women like Milano happens more often than you’d think.

“Most of the defendants charged with these crimes, have no criminal history, have lead a relatively blameless life, all of them have children, teenager, people in college,” Taylor said.

Milano still does contract work for Lodi Memorial Hospital examining tissue samples for disease, but prosecutors say if convicted, the only cell she’ll be looking at is one located in a state prison.

According to court documents, Milano spent at least $40,000 paying her federal and state income tax.

She’s out on bail.

CBS13 reached out to her former employer, but Delta Pathology representatives did not want to comment.

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