Ex-federal employee sentenced for stealing $41,000

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Prosecutors say a former federal employee has repaid more than $41,000 she embezzled.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Maria Lana Gilbert worked in the Salem office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management before resigning in November.

She was accused of misusing a government-issued credit card to make personal purchases between 2007 and 2011. She’d been authorized to use the card to buy gift cards to be used as employee rewards.

A statement says she submitted fraudulent receipts to try to hide her personal purchases.

She agreed to plead guilty to theft of government funds and was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation, including six months of home detention. As part of the plea deal, the U.S. attorney’s office said, she made restitution at sentencing.

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