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Valpo woman pleads guilty to federal theft charge

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A Valparaiso resident has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to a charge of theft from Lake Station Community Schools, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Jane Woynaroski, 58, pleaded guilty last week to the felony charge of theft from a program receiving federal funds, in exchange for which the government will recommend a sentence at “the low end of the applicable guideline range,” according to the agreement filed on July 23, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Under the agreement, Woynaroski would pay a restitution of $23,003.27 to Lake Station Community Schools, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The plea agreement is not binding on the court. Theft from a program receiving federal funds is punishable by a sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $25,000.

According to the indictment, filed on July 17, Woynaroski, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 21, 2012, did “embezzle, steal, obtain by fraud, and otherwise without authority convert to her own use, money and property worth at least $5,000” from Lake Station Community Schools.

The case was investigated by the FBI.

 

Posted 8/4/2014