About three years after an audit showed as much as $160,000 was stolen from utility bill payments to the town of Ryan, the former city treasurer was sentenced.
Patricia “Kathy” Laskowski faced trial for seven counts of embezzlement, but late last week agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to five years.
Laskowski also must begin paying almost $240,000 in restitution beginning four months after her release, and must also perform community service and take a money management course.
Laskowski resigned in July 2015 after the audit began.
Authorities say she admitted taking between $3,000 to $4,000 per month from when she was hired in 2013 to March 2015.
Authorities say some of the funds were stolen using the town’s credit card for personal shopping.
Officials also say Lasowski also took unauthorized reimbursements, travel payments and overtime.