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YMCA Theft Sentence

Posted on 24th April 2014 at 16:04

Former YMCA bookkeeper Tomi Jean Dupper is going to prison for two years, sentenced in connection with her theft of more than a half-million dollars from the facility in Longview. Today’s Daily News reports on Dupper’s sentencing, after she accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree theft. Dupper was arrested in February of last year, after an audit of the YMCA’s books showed that Dupper had been pilfering money for some time. She was initially charged with two counts of first-degree theft, and eventually entered the guilty plea on the single count. Dupper also agreed to accept an exceptional sentence in the case. There is a maximum sentence of ten years possible, but under the standard sentencing guidelines, Dupper would have been eligible for a range of zero to 90 days. Dupper was taken into custody immediately after her sentencing. She also continues to work on making restitution to the Y, having paid back about $207,000 of the $500,000 she admits to stealing. The court is also ordering her to pay nearly $300,000 in additional restitution, but officials with the Y say that they’re not sure if the full amount will ever be repaid. YMCA board members say that there has been some good come out of the incident, as accounting practices have been strengthened, while the organization itself has been “re-energized.”