- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Laurel woman has been sentenced to 10 years on probation and ordered to repay nearly $16,000 to developmentally disabled people she took money from while working as a caregiver.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2pRQRvf ) District Judge Rod Souza sentenced 30-year-old Darryllyn Guffey on Monday and gave her until the end of the year to sell her rodeo horse to pay restitution. He noted the thefts occurred more than six years ago.

Court records say as part of her job, Guffey helped developmentally disabled clients with everyday activities like shopping and in some cases, managing their finances.

Prosecutors say she withdrew money from their accounts, forged their signatures on checks or sometimes had clients pre-sign checks that she would later cash.

When the judge asked Guffey what she did with the money, she said she didn’t know.

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

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