Thursday, May 9, 2013

Minnesota Woman Sentenced For Embezzling At Least $416K From School District; Blames Gambling Addiction

From WXOW on 5/8/13:

CALEDONIA, MN (WXOW)—An Onalaska woman is going to jail for embezzling money from the La Crescent-Hokah School District to feed a gambling addiction.

Mary Chris Turner told police she took the school's credit card to get cash from an ATM to gamble.
She was the accounts payable clerk for the district.

From 2008 to 2012, turner stole $416,000 from the district. But, the district said the full amount lost is closer to $540,000, if you consider their extra costs like attorney fees.
Turner apologized to the district and said she is getting help for her gambling addiction.

But, the judge sentenced her to the maximum one year in jail and she must pay $292, 671 in restitution to the district.
Turner's lawyer said she has been diagnosed as a pathological gambler and is currently being treated for her addiction.

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