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Pierre Woman Sentenced for Stealing Cookie Proceeds

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PIERRE – A South Dakota woman has been sentenced to prison for stealing more than $37,000 in proceeds from Girl Scout cookies.

KCCR radio reports that 47-year-old Bonnie Gallagher, of Pierre, apologized to the court Tuesday and said she started stealing after getting a divorce.

Gallagher pleaded guilty in January to one count of grand theft.

Prosecutors say the money was taken over a five-year period between October 2007 and August 2012, when Gallagher had been in charge of handling money from cookie sales.

Judge John Brown noted that Gallagher received a suspended sentence in 1996 for stealing money from a Pierre business and wondered how she put herself “into this position twice.”

Brown sentenced Gallagher to 30 months in prison and ordered her to pay back the money.

Pierre Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Girl Scout Money

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