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Buck gets 180 days in jail for stealing from Mitchell business

A Mitchell woman who stole thousands of dollars from a local business has been sentenced to jail.

Kathy Buck, 39, was sentenced Tuesday during circuit court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to a five-year suspended prison term, and will serve 180 days in jail. Buck pleaded guilty in June to stealing $43,000 from National Pawn Co. She told the court she took various amounts of money from the register over a long period of time.

“Because embezzlement is such an insidious crime that involves someone in a position of trust who abuses that trust, it becomes very hard to track it,” Judge Tim Bjorkman said. “I know you pleaded guilty to grand theft, but the underlying facts suggest you embezzled from your employer.”

Bjorkman told Buck he has sent people to prison for embezzlement in the past to send a clear message to the public that the act is wrong.

Bjorkman ordered Buck repay $43,000 in restitution starting with $300 per month. She must also write an apology to National Pawn, repay court appointed attorney fees, pay $104 in court costs and pursue child support from her child’s father. She will be on probation for five years.