CLINTON — A former Ashford University employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $62,000 and has been sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to repay what she took.
Stacy Lynn Powers, 28, of Camanche, pleaded guilty April 4 to one count of first-degree theft.
During a sentencing hearing in Clinton County District Court, District Judge Gary McKenrick ordered Powers to serve five years on probation. While on probation, she is ordered to make restitution of $62,188.08, obtain the appropriate mental health treatment, and perform 500 hours of unpaid community service.
McKenrick also gave Powers a deferred judgment, which under Iowa law means if she completes her probation satisfactorily the conviction will be dropped from her criminal record.
First-degree theft is a Class C felony under Iowa law that can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Powers worked as the university’s student development and activities coordinator from August 2008 until April 27, 2012, when she was placed on administrative leave, according to court records.
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Her job at Ashford included oversight of the Student Government Association account, according to court records.
An Ashford official told Clinton police that between Jan. 2, 2009, and April 26, 2012, Powers made unauthorized cash withdrawals and debit card purchases for her personal use.