Woman gets prison for $260K theft from OH village

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing public money from the southwest Ohio village where she worked collecting traffic fines.

A judge in Cincinnati on Monday also ordered 53-year-old Donna Covert to re-pay $260,000. She had pleaded guilty to theft in office. Her daughter has pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

Covert and her daughter had worked in the Arlington Heights Mayor’s Court. They collected fines for speeding and other infractions.

Authorities say the mother and daughter stole $262,000 between 2007 and 2010.

Attorney Mike Allen says Covert took only about $40,000 and used it to pay household expenses. He says she is very remorseful and had no history of wrongdoing.

The prosecutor alleged the village was a speed trap, but village officials denied that.

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