- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck woman accused of embezzling money from a high school dance team will not serve any prison time.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1KMbahB ) 34-year-old Melissa Weltz has been sentenced to three years of suspended prison time.

Authorities say Weltz stole nearly $18,000 from the Bismarck High School Demonettes Booster Club while serving as treasurer.

Defense attorney Justin Vinje says Weltz falsely thought she could loan herself the money then return it before anyone noticed. Weltz said in court Friday that she let the team, community and her family down.

Vinje says Weltz has already repaid $12,500 and is working to replay the outstanding $5,000.

Weltz could still be re-sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if she violates her probation.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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