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Associated Press, Published July 25 2012

Ex-Spirit Lake official sentenced for embezzlement

BISMARCK — Authorities say the former director of the Spirit Lake Vocational Rehabilitation Program has been sentenced to three months in a halfway house for embezzlement.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says 66-year-old Martina Kazena of Fort Totten was sentenced on Monday on charges of conspiracy to embezzle and aiding and abetting.

Kazena pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

Authorities say Kazena illegally approved program benefits for her husband and others.

Kazena also must serve seven months of home detention following her three-month stay at a halfway house.

She also faces a restitution hearing next month.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.