SIDNEY, Mont. — An eastern Montana woman was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay almost $90,000 in restitution after embezzling money from a civic group where she served as treasurer and a motel she managed, according to the court officials.
District Judge Katherine M. Bidegaray sentenced Tami Laverne Roth of Sidney on Monday. Roth had pleaded guilty to felony forgery and two counts of felony embezzlement after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.
She was ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution for money taken from the Sidney Jaycees and more than $54,100 for money taken from the Lone Tree Motor Inn. She also received a 10-year suspended commitment to the state Department of Corrections.
Roth used the motel’s charge card to purchase furniture, tools, alcohol, food, gift cards and other items, according to court documents.
Prosecutors alleged she sought to repay the motel with checks written on the Jaycee’s account, although defense attorney Steven Thuessen said that was never proven.
Thuessen said Roth’s crimes resulted from a “lapse of judgment” and said it was her first offense.