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The former financial manager of the Mapleton Irrigation District who embezzled more than $100,000 from the organization was sentenced to probation and GPS ankle monitoring on Tuesday.
Sandee Loader, 46, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree felony misuse of public money.
The woman faced a 1-to-15 year prison sentence, but 4th District Judge Fred Howard suspended that sentence on Tuesday and ordered her instead to be incarcerated for 90 days as part of a 36 month probation.
Deputy Utah County Attorney Chad Grunander said Tuesday that the judge will allow her to serve her time with a GPS ankle monitor.
Loader was also ordered to pay back $103,093 in restitution, which she did when she pleaded guilty, Grunander said. As part of her probation, Howard banned Loader from working in a position where she supervises public funds.
Grunander said the defendant was remorseful at her sentencing, and the irrigation district was satisfied with the resolution because all of the money was returned.
"It's also important to note that but for her cooperation and our willingness to recommend GPS, we would not have been able to collect $30,000 plus of the restitution because that amount was outside of the statute of limitations," Grunander said.
Charging documents allege that Loader embezzled the money between January 2006 and April 2015 by issuing checks to herself, to a company she owned and to her credit card companies for payments on her personal credit cards.
A state auditor's report, released in May, says that when questioned about the money, Loaded admitted that she had loaned herself more than $100,000. But there were no documents detailing the loan arrangements, a plan for repayment or an interest rate, and the arrangement was never approved by the district's governing board, according to the audit.
Lax oversight by the district board allowed the alleged theft to go undetected for years, auditors found. The scheme siphoned off 6 percent of the district's annual operating budget, took place over nine years and should have been detected, according to an audit.
The auditor recommended the district seek restitution and establish internal controls to prevent future misappropriation.