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Ex-Forest Service Worker Gets Prison For $1M Theft

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former U.S. Forest Service accountant has been sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling $1.4 million while working for the agency in California.

Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Kathy Stamps of Rancho Cucamonga manipulated and fabricated internal Forest Service records that caused the U.S. Treasury to issue $1.4 million to accounts she controlled.

Investigators say Stamps spent more than $1 million on cars, jewelry, mortgage payments and plastic surgery, among other things.

She was sentenced on Tuesday in Los Angeles, and the judge ordered her to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

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