MINNEAPOLIS --  A former employee has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for embezzling about $1.7 million from a Brooklyn Park medical supply company.

Thirty-seven-year-old Stephanie Davis of Maple Grove was sentenced Thursday in Hennepin County court. County Attorney Mike Freeman says Davis received the highest amount of time called for under state sentencing guidelines.

Davis also was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution.

Davis had worked as the accounts payable clerk at Reliable Medical Supply Co. since 2000. Prosecutors say she began embezzling around 2005 by setting up fake vendors in the company's payable system with names that were nearly identical to real, approved vendors.

Davis' fraud was discovered in January.