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Caregiver's embezzlement sentence suspended

September 09, 2000

Caregiver's embezzlement sentence suspended



Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell on Thursday imposed a suspended jail sentence on a caregiver convicted of embezzling $2,200 from a mental health client last year after hearing the money had been repaid.

Leslie Fae Lewis, 27, of 115 Broadway, pleaded guilty to theft and was given a six-month suspended sentence. She was also fined $150.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said Lewis was assigned a mental health client from The Turning Point of Washington County. Between September and November 1999, Lewis took $2,200 from the client's account and used the money to pay her own debts, Rozes said.

When McDowell learned Lewis might lose her license as a social worker because of the incident, he said perhaps she "shouldn't be working in this field."

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- Marlo Barnhart

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