Former Tea fire department treasurer gets prisonDenae Baustian embezzled more than $170,000 from the department.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The former treasurer of the volunteer fire department in the southeast South Dakota city of Tea has been sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated grand theft.
Investigators say Denae Baustian embezzled more than $170,000 from the department. Local media report that Baustian was sentenced to 15 years, with seven years suspended after pleading guilty to the charge in July.
She will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her sentence.
Baustian is also required to pay back all the money she stole.