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(SD)-Prison And Restitution In Reservation Embezzlement

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/08/2019 11:27 PM
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A former paralegal for a Pine Ridge nonprofit that helps low-income people with legal matters has been sentenced to prison for stealing from the organization. 

     34-year-old Amy Garcia will serve six months in a federal prison and pay about $4,900 in restitution to Dakota Plains Legal Service after pleading guilty to theft of government property.

       The theft was a federal crime because Dakota Plains gets money from the Legal Services Corporation, a publicly funded nonprofit created by Congress.
 
      Prosecutors say Garcia altered voided checks from the nonprofit and cashed them at a casino, grocery and liquor stores in 2016. An internal audit was done after Wells Fargo Bank told the nonprofit that its payroll account was overdrawn.


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