- Associated Press - Friday, January 15, 2016

VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) - A Valentine woman convicted of stealing from Cherry County while an employee has been given two years in prison.

Forty-five-year-old Monica Bristow was sentenced Friday morning. She’d been the deputy county clerk.

Valentine radio station KVSH (https://bit.ly/1RL2lff ) reports that Bristow was told to pay restitution of just over $20,000.

A state audit performed after Bristow’s arrest shows almost $199,000 in Cherry County funds is unaccounted for. Auditors found more than 1,000 credit card transactions totaling $83,000 that appeared to be for the personal use of Bristow when she worked as deputy county clerk. Auditors also found discrepancies in claim procedures, payroll issues and county expenditures.

She was arrested in July.



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Information from: KVSH-AM.

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