(SD)-Prison And Restitution In Reservation Embezzlement
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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