- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The former executive director of the Yellowstone County Museum has pleaded guilty to taking thousands of dollars from the museum over a period of about four years.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1FmHswU ) 52-year-old Charles “Chas” Weldon pleaded guilty Friday to felony theft during a hearing before District Judge Ingrid Gustafson.

The total loss was not discussed during Friday’s hearing, but court records said the amount was nearly $31,000. Defense attorney Kelly Varnes said the plea agreement calls for Weldon to be given a six-month deferred sentence and to pay $24,000 in restitution.

Court records say questionable purchases were discovered when Weldon became ill in October 2013 and the museum’s board of directors took over daily operations.

Sentencing is set for May 8.

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