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Cottage Grove Embezzlement Plea

 

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — A former Cottage Grove city employee has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft. Cottage Grove City Manager Richard Meyers says Shelia Lynne Smith changed her original plea to guilty and now faces three years in prison. Smith admitted to taking more than $57,000 while working for the city from January 2007 to January 2013. Smith will also serve two years on probation and is ordered to pay the city back for all the money she stole. Since Smith was working for the city for more than 26 years, auditors say they had to go through hundreds of daily transactions to determine how much money she stole.

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