Former court official sentenced for embezzlement
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A former western Missouri court administrator has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling nearly $80,000 and funneling more than $64,000 to her boyfriend for consulting work that was never done.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 59-year-old Teresa York, of Blue Springs, must also pay more than $139,000 in restitution under the sentence she received Wednesday in federal court. She pleaded guilty last November to mail fraud.
York served as the Jackson County Circuit Court administrator from 2003 until she resigned in 2012 after the embezzlement was discovered.
Prosecutors said she used court funds on such items as $46,000 worth of Apple computer products, $35,000 worth of gift cards and $6,400 worth of clothing and makeup.
She also admitted paying her boyfriend more than $64,000 for a fraudulent consulting contract.