Woman pleads guilty to embezzling funds from family program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A former Frankfort Plant Board employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4,000 from the city's Wintercare fund in exchange for probation.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Julie Young embezzled $4,185.41 between October 2006 and July 2007, cashing and pocketing checks from the program.

Wintercare is Frankfort's program to help lower income families pay their heating bills in the cold months. Participants donate additional money on top of their monthly utility bill to fund the program.

In the plea deal Friday that reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, Young agreed to reimburse the stolen money immediately and submit to two years of supervised probation to avoid a one-year prison sentence.

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Information from: The State Journal

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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