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Former Treasurer Must Repay Youth League

Posted On July 16, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Margaret West Ripley County Sheriff's Office

Margaret West
Ripley County Sheriff’s Office

(Milan, Ind.) – The former treasurer of the Milan Youth Football has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for stealing money from the league.

Margaret West, 40, of Moores Hill, was charged last January with 19 counts of felony Theft for taking about $8,000 from the youth league between September of 2010 and July of 2012. Instead of paying for equipment or field maintenance, the funds instead went to West’s personal expenses.

The Osgood Journal newspaper reports that West has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Ripley Superior Court. She pleaded guilty to five counts of Conversion (Class A misdemeanor).

West’s sentence includes five years on probation. She must also pay $7,000 in restitution to Milan Youth Football. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ryan King said West paid $2,500 in restitution within three days of her sentencing. She will continue to make monthly restitution payments of at least $150 a month if she is to avoid jail.

West will also have to perform 100 hours of community service unless she is employed. She may also not serve on any other board or non-profit organization in a fiduciary position, King told the newspaper.

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