- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The former head of a substance abuse and education advocacy group has been charged with stealing more than $60,000 from the group.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/1o4llBH) reports 52-year-old Anna Sappah was chief operating officer of Alaska Addiction Professionals from 2009 to the end of 2013.

Prosecutors say she used an association debit card to take money starting in 2010 - about $3,800 that year, then $18,400 in 2011 and more than $24,000 in 2012.

Prosecutors say the total reached $60,849 last year.

Prosecutors say in court document that Sappah at first kept a record of the money and intended to pay it back.

She is scheduled for arraignment March 7 on charges of felony theft, scheme to defraud and fraudulent use of an access device.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com