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Former treasurer of small Kansas town sentenced to prison for stealing money, spending taxpayer dollars at casino

The former treasurer of a small Kansas town has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for stealing money from the town and spending taxpayer money at a casino.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Wichita says 56-year-old Deborah Sell of Fontana was sentenced Monday.  She had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Sell admitted embezzling more than $174,000 from Fontana, a town of about 220 people in eastern Kansas.

Federal prosecutors say Sell issued city checks to pay personal expenses, withdrew cash using a city debit card for personal expenses, and deposited cash payments from customers into her personal account.  Restitution is mandatory.

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