CINCINNATI (AP) - A former court clerk in Ohio has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing about $187,000 from her financially struggling village.
Thirty-seven-year-old Dana Mynatt also was ordered to repay the money taken in 2005-2007.
Hamilton County Judge Ralph "Ted" Winkler on Wednesday called the theft a sad and tragic case that gives public employees a bad name.
Mynatt is a former mayor's court clerk in Lockland, north of Cincinnati. She claimed it was routine for employees to take money for such reasons as buying lottery tickets.
An audit uncovered the thefts, and Mynatt pleaded guilty to theft in office and tampering with records. A former village payroll clerk also admitted writing herself paychecks totaling more than $128,000. The village has since emerged from a fiscal emergency.