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Former Billings School Administrator Gets Probation for Thefts

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A former administrator in the Billings school district has been sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing electronics and selling them at pawn shops.

The Billings Gazette reports District Judge Ingrid Gustafson gave Dulce Fate Whitford a six-year deferred sentence for one count of felony theft by common scheme. If she meets the conditions of the sentence, including paying $16,600 in restitution, the felony can be cleared from her record.

Whitford pleaded guilty in May to stealing laptops, tablets and other technology equipment from the district between June 2012 and November 2013. Prosecutors say she used the proceeds to gamble.

Public defender Edward Werner said Whitford was having financial problems partly due to a family illness.

As director of Indian Education for All, Whitford was paid $94,092 annually.

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