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Published April 30, 2014, 09:07 AM

Woman gets 3 years for theft from SD grain elevator

Judge Kathleen Trandahl sentenced Melissa Vosika, 30, to five years in the South Dakota Women’s Prison, but suspended two years, for the conviction of altering corporate records, said prosecuting attorney Sandy Steffen.

By: Forum News Service ,

GREGORY, S.D. — A Gregory woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for stealing from the Gregory Farmers Elevator.

Judge Kathleen Trandahl sentenced Melissa Vosika, 30, to five years in the South Dakota Women’s Prison, but suspended two years, for the conviction of altering corporate records, said prosecuting attorney Sandy Steffen.

Vosika, who was sentenced at Gregory County Courthouse, also received two two-year prison sentences for forgery and an attempted embezzlement. Those sentences will run concurrently to the three-year sentence.

Vosika, the former business manager of the Gregory Farmers Elevator, was accused in December 2012 of stealing more than $17,000 from the business between May and September 2012. She was originally charged with 14 counts — seven counts of embezzlement, three counts of altering corporate records, three counts of forgery and one count of attempted embezzlement.

She pleaded guilty to three of those counts in March.

Her first parole eligibility will be in January.

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