Former Minn. school bookkeeper sentenced in theft 09 Feb 12

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) – A former business manager for a rural western Minnesota school district has been sentenced for stealing about $300,000 from the district.

Forty-four-year-old Liane Claassen of Chokio was sentenced Thursday in federal court to a year and a half in prison on one count of wire fraud. She also was ordered to pay more than $263,000 in restitution.

Claassen pleaded guilty last July. In her plea agreement, she admitted that between July 1999 through August 2010, she used the Chokio-Alberta School District’s computer to pay herself more than her salary allowed.

Claassen also admitted illegally transferring money into her retirement account.

Her actions were uncovered when the district hired a new auditing firm.

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