- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former paralegal for a Pine Ridge nonprofit that helps low-income people with legal matters has been sentenced to prison for stealing from the organization.

Thirty-four-year-old Amy Garcia will serve six months in a federal prison and has been ordered to pay about $4,900 in restitution to Dakota Plains Legal Service.

The Rapid City Journal reports Garcia altered voided checks from the nonprofit and cashed them at a casino, grocery and liquor stores in 2016.


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An internal audit was done after Wells Fargo Bank told the nonprofit that its payroll account was overdrawn. The organization receives money from the Legal Services Corporation, a publicly funded nonprofit created by Congress.

Garcia pleaded guilty to theft of government property.



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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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