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Former city clerk sentenced for embezzling

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PINE CITY — A former Willow River city clerk who pleaded guilty to embezzling from the city to support a gambling problem was sentenced Friday to pay restitution.

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At a sentencing hearing in Pine County, Mary Angela Leonard, 56, of Willow River, was ordered to pay $67,560.65 of the $167,560.65 that she admitted to taking between May 2009 and August 2012.

Judge James T. Reuter also sentenced her to 21 months in prison but stayed the time for 20 years of supervised probation, which includes paying restitution and not gambling.

Leonard, who had been the city clerk for about 11 years, pleaded guilty June 21 to theft by swindle.

Leonard told investigators that she spent all the money she took at Grand Casino in Hinckley, Black Bear Casino in Carlton or to pay bills, with the bulk going to Grand Casino.

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