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Heather O’Connor, 45, was sentenced to five years of probation for stealing thousands of dollars. She embezzled funds from a pair of programs affiliated with Shawnee schools.
O’Connor will use that time on probation to earn the more than $50,000, including $42,141 to the Shawnee Middle School PTC and an additional $9,277 to the Little Indians volleyball booster club.
Embezzlement was detected when a bill came due associated with a fundraiser that was not paid. The bill then was forwarded to the middle school, and school officials discovered insufficient funds within the PTC account.
O’Connor tearfully apologized to school officials, students, staff and family members during her sentencing hearing: “I used money that did not belong to me, and before I knew it my actions had snowballed into something I couldn’t overcome. I am deeply, deeply sorry”.
She pleaded guilty to a single count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, after accepting a negotiated deal with prosecutors.