Ex-Missouri county official sentenced for stealing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former employee of the Greene County treasurer’s office will spend four months in jail for stealing more than $44,000 from the department.

Fifty-year-old Lisa Burns, of Springfield, could have received a 15-year term at her sentencing Wednesday. But Judge Calvin Holden sentenced her instead to 120 days of “shock” time followed by five years of probation.

Burns pleaded guilty in April to stealing the money between January 2007 and January 2010 when she worked as deputy treasurer of the southwest Missouri county.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Burns told investigators she stole to pay off credit card debt and to help a relative. She has already repaid about $21,000.

Longtime county treasurer John Hoffman resigned on the day Burns was indicted, citing his distress over failing to detect the embezzlement.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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