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Former Food Bank Exec Pleads Guilty

Former Food Bank Exec Pleads Guilty

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Former Iron County Care and Share executive director Veronica Garner-Wilson pleaded guilty to theft and forgery and paid $47,815 restitution.

Garner-Wilson allegedly took the money from the food-bank charity out of an account set up to receive sales tax refunds from the state on donated food.

The check was handed to ICCS Chairman Lyman Munford at 5th District Court on Tuesday as part of the plea agreement.

"We are most grateful that it's in one lump sum," Munford said. "We are most appreciative of Veronica's willingness to make restitution."

Defense attorney Jim Park would not say where the money for the restitution came from.

Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett said, "We are happy the victims were able to be paid in full. It's been fair -- we've taken care of the victims and the defendant is being held accountable for her actions."

Garner-Wilson will be sentenced after Christmas. Her plea agreement included the recommendation that she serve 20 days in jail, on the weekends, and that a presentence investigation be performed to assist with sentencing.

It also recommends that when she successfully completes her probation, the felony counts be reduced one degree to misdemeanors.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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