- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The former office manager for a Billings beverage distribution company has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to repay the nearly $244,000 she stole.

Kimberlee Dunn pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud and tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced the 66-year-old Dunn on Thursday, saying she could serve a shorter term with good behavior. Dunn had no previous criminal record.

The Billings Gazette reports (bit.ly/2gnDIc3) Dunn stole the money from Briggs Distributing between 2010 until April 2014. The company distributes beer, wine and other beverages to several eastern Montana counties.

Assistant Federal Defender Dave Merchant said Dunn spent the money on out-of-state travel to visit her parents and her daughter and on medical expenses. Dunn said her daughter had substance abuse problems.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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