Posted: Jan 26, 2013 9:07 AM by Associated Press
ST. JOSEPH - A northwest Missouri woman is going to prison for stealing slightly more than $86,000 from a church where she worked.
Forty-nine-year-old Pamela West was the business manager at Wyatt Park Christian Church in St. Joseph. She pleaded guilty in November to the theft.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/Vz1SNr) Buchanan County Circuit Judge Dan Kellogg sentenced West on Thursday to the maximum term of seven years in prison.
Investigators said West stole the funds over a 16-month period starting in April 2011. She earned $27,000 a year at the church and spent the embezzled money for personal expenses.