Former Springfield finance officer pleads guilty to theft


TYNDALL — A former finance officer for the City of Springfield pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling between $5,000 and $100,000.01 in the fall of 2018.

Ashlea Pruss, 36, is scheduled to be sentenced for the Class 4 felony charge on Jan. 7. She faces up to 20 years in prison and could be fined up to $20,000.

Pruss was indicted on May 9 for the same charge to which she pleaded guilty. Court documents indicate that the theft in question took place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 19, 2018.

Bon Homme County State's Attorney Lisa Rothschadl declined to comment on the specific dollar amount Pruss is charged with stealing.

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