Treasurer Repays Stolen Money, Avoids Prison
HAVANA, Ill. (AP) -- A woman who stole more than $14,000 while working as treasurer for the village of San Jose won't be going to prison because she's repaid the money.

The Pekin Daily Times reports Melanie Blair pleaded guilty Thursday to theft in a plea agreement.

Mason County State's Attorney Roger Thomson says Blair was given probation and a stayed jail sentence provided that she repay the $14,671.59 that she transferred from village accounts to accounts in her name and the names of her underage daughters.

San Jose Village Board President Joe McCormick says an audit spotted a discrepancy in the village's books and bank officials helped discover the transfers made by Blair.

Blair must pay a $500 fine, serve 30 months of probation and perform 100 hours of community service.
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