Woman gets prison for stealing from nonprofit organization
Jul. 17, 2017
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to repay $246,000 for stealing from two nonprofits that received federal funding.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Toni Louise Plummer-Alvernaz of Glasgow on Friday. She earlier pleaded guilty to stealing from the Montana Native Women's Coalition and the Women's Resource Center while serving as executive director for both. The coalition was designed to improve response to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The center offered educational programs on health, parenting, career development and violence prevention.
Prosecutors say Plummer-Alvernaz inflated her work hours, used organization credit cards for personal vacations, filed false travel reimbursement claims and took cash advances and bonuses.
Co-defendant Brady Lynn Funk of Billings, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to repay $30,000.