PHOENIX — A former Pinetop-Lakeside town clerk this week was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to stealing over $32,000 of town funds.
Leah Chavez must pay the money back in restitution, a condition of her plea agreement, in addition to serving four years of probation after her release from prison.
She had already paid 90 percent of the money back last month, through a deposit with the clerk of the Maricopa County court.
The town has been repaid by the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool, who was previously seeking restitution through a separate civil lawsuit prior to the plea agreement being accepted.
“I’m glad that everything can ... come to light, so as a community and town we can move forward,” Pinetop-Lakeside Town Manager Kieth Johnson told The Independent last month.