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Ex-Ignacio employee admits to stealing $66,000 from town

A former employee of Ignacio has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $66,000 from the southwestern Colorado town to feed her gambling addiction.

 
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A former employee of Ignacio has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $66,000 from the southwestern Colorado town to feed her gambling addiction.

The Durango Herald reports that Jacquelyn Mejia pleaded guilty to theft charges Thursday.

Court documents say Mejia had worked as an administrator for the town in January when she walked into the Ignacio Police Department and confessed to stealing money from the town's coffers. The documents say she told police she had a gambling addiction and had been taking county money since November.

Mejia faces up to 90 days in jail and 10 years of probation when she's sentenced in September.

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