(Kansas City, MO) A former Buchanan County, Mo., official was sentenced in federal court yesterday for embezzling approximately $119,000 from Social Security payments intended for dependent or disabled clients served by her office.
Bonnie Sue Lawson, 68, of St. Joseph, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to three years and one month in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Lawson to pay $119,063 in restitution.
Lawson pleaded guilty last September to stealing public money. She admitted that, from Sept. 1, 2003, to Aug. 21, 2006, she embezzled funds from these accounts for her own use.
Lawson served as Buchanan County Public Administrator from her election in 1996 until her resignation in August 2006.
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