Woman who stole from Personal Frontiers avoids jail time, must pay back $247K

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Gillette (WNE)
GILLETTE (WNE) — A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from Personal Frontiers while she was the executive director of the nonprofit organization will avoid jail time, but she must pay back every dollar that she stole.
On Monday morning, Donna E. Morgan, 58, was sentenced to four to six years in prison, suspended in favor of 10 years of supervised probation. She also must pay back $155,771 to Personal Frontiers.She already has paid back $92,000, meaning when it’s all said and done, she’ll have paid about $247,000 in restitution.
If she violates her probation, she will serve that four- to six-year prison sentence.
Deputy County Attorney Greg Steward said the main goal of the plea agreement was to make sure that Personal Frontiers was made whole. If Morgan had to spend time in jail or prison, that would affect her ability to pay back the organization, Steward said.
District Judge James M. “Mike” Causey noted the irony of Morgan taking money from Personal Frontiers, which helps people who are struggling with substance abuse, to help pay for her own addictions.
“I’m extremely sorry, and I’m so ashamed,” Morgan said at her sentencing.
Morgan completed in-patient residential treatment in Sheridan, Steward said.
Police learned that Morgan had access to a Personal Frontiers’ debit card, which was supposed to be used for business-related expenses.
The board member who contacted police told them that Morgan would complain about being broke, yet she would go to an ATM machine and buy a large number of pull tab gambling tickets at the Eagles Lodge, according to the affidavit.
Morgan also “consumed large quantities of alcohol” and was “considered to be a heavy drinker,” according to the affidavit.
 
This story was posted on April 12, 2022.

 

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