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Former undersheriff sentenced in embezzlement

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SPOKANE -- A former Walla Walla County undersheriff has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars of inmate bail money.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reported that Carole Lepiane pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Spokane to one count of theft from a federally funded local agency. She was given 10 months of confinement -- six in a federal facility followed by four in a halfway house.
The woman was also ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution. That includes more than $67,000 she stole over five years at the sheriff's office and money paid by the county to the state auditor's office as part of the investigation.
Neither Lepiane nor her lawyer had any comment after court.
College Place Mayor Rick Newby said the case is not expected to affect the employment of Lepiane's husband, Dennis, as College Place police chief.
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