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Former Ignacio employee sentenced in embezzlement case

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 09:56:08-04

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- A former administrator for Ignacio who admitted to embezzling more than $66,000 from the southwestern Colorado town to feed her gambling addiction has escaped a jail sentence.

The Durango Herald reports that 55-year-old Jacquelyn Mejia was sentenced to five years of probation Thursday and ordered to pay restitution.

Mejia had turned herself in to police in June 2015 after admitting to stealing money from the town's coffers. Court documents say she told police she had a gambling addiction and had been taking county money over the course of several months.

Mejia apologized to her family and the community in court Thursday. She says she has received counseling for her addiction

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