Ex-Bellevue clerk sentenced for embezzlement




BELLEVUE, Idaho (AP) _ A former Bellevue city clerk will spend
at least 180 days behind bars after embezzling almost $14,000 from
the city between May and December of 2007.

Lacey Ann Loughmiller will serve time in a program meant to
rehabilitate offenders, which normally means a stint at the North
Idaho Correctional Facility in Cottonwood.

Loughmiller pleaded guilty in October under a plea agreement
with the prosecutor's office to avoid a lengthy sentence.

The Mountain Express reported 5th District Judge John Butler
gave Loughmiller a seven-year suspended prison sentence, fined her
$1,000, placed her on probation and ordered her to repay the money
she embezzled.

Loughmiller's attorney says she was suffering from health
problems and financial stress at the time she stole the money.

She resigned in February 2008.


Information from: Idaho Mountain Express,

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