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Gregory woman pleads guilty to stealing from elevator

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Gregory woman pleads guilty to stealing from elevator
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

GREGORY -- A Gregory woman who was accused of embezzling from a local grain elevator pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement, altering corporate records and forgery.

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Melissa Vosika, 30, was the business manager of the Gregory Farmers Elevator and was accused in December 2012 of stealing more than $17,000 from the business between May and September of 2012.

She pleaded guilty Monday to three of an original 14 counts -- seven counts of embezzlement, three counts of altering corporate records, three counts of forgery and one count of attempted embezzlement. The state agreed to drop the remaining 11 charges once she pleaded guilty to the three.

She recently took a plea deal, said Sandy Steffen, former Gregory County state's attorney who is handling the case. Vosika pleaded guilty to attempted embezzlement, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; altering corporate records, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; and forgery, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for April.

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