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Woman who spent charity's money gets jail term

Published March 21. 2013 05:02PM

A woman who spent money designated for a charity was sentenced to a county prison term, while another woman involved in a driving under the influence (DUI) case in which there was property damage, was also given a jail term Tuesday in Carbon County court. Both appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Charity check

Mary M. Powers, 45, of Albrightsville, was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison on a count of theft, rated a felony three. She was one of three women charged in connection with receiving a check for $10,000 earmarked for a charity, cashing it and placing the money in bank accounts and using the funds for themselves when they knew the check did not belong to them.

Nanovic granted the request of Powers to serve the time on consecutive weekends beginning April 5 at 9 a.m.

She was also ordered to make restitution of $5,333.33 to Queen of Peace Missions, which is her share of the total due. She is required to make a minimum monthly payment on the restitution of $100. She must also get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and supply a DNA sample.

DUI case

Michelle Hartman, 43, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced on a DUI of a controlled substance charge to serve 90 days to five years in jail. She was arrested by Lehighton police for incidents that occurred near the Lehighton hospital at 11th and Hamilton sts.

Hartman drove over a street sign, damaged property and a vehicle, struck a fire hydrant and a tree, and failed to give information as required.

She will serve 30 days in prison with the remaining 60 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring and the remaining time on probation.

She was ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, pay a fine of $1,500, and license suspended for 18 months. On a charge of accidents involving attended vehicle or property she was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the DUI charge.

She must also make restitution of $1,200 to the Lehighton Water Authority by March 21, and $351 to Lehighton borough by April 1. If two amounts are not paid on then, Nanovic said she will serve the 90 days prison time straight and her new restitution amount to the water authority will be $4,433.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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