COLUMBUS - Deanna Morrison-Caviness, who pleaded no-contest, to embezzlement charges earlier this year and was found guilty of stealing nearly $30,000 from the City of Columbus was sentenced Tuesday by District Court Judge Oliver Kent Lynch.
Morrison-Caviness was sentenced to 13 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended in favor of 24 months of probation and 12 months of post-release supervision, in addition to paying $29,557.56 in restitution and court costs.
Morrison-Caviness was arrested at her home in July of 2010 in Columbus. A charge of felony theft of more than $25,000 but less than $100,000 was filed later that day by then-Kansas Attorney General Steve Six.
The missing money was discovered after Morrison-Caviness left the city. Morrison-Caviness had worked for the city for seven years, and left in 2009.
The city was informed of discrepancies by its auditor, Terry Sercer on Feb. 4, 2009 and the case was turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Sercer is a certified public accountant for Diehl, Banwart and Bolton of Fort Scott.
The city theft was covered by the city's insurance company less a $250 deductible.
City Clerk Janice Blanchett said she had no comment, other than "justice was served."