Apr 21, 2017 5:48 PM

Ex-finance manager from Conway Humane Society pleads guilty to stealing thousands, gets year in jail

OSSIPEE — A former finance and event manager at the Conway Area Humane society has pleaded guilty to taking thousands of dollars from the animal shelter and falsifying records.

According to the Union Leader, Constance Harger, 48, was sentenced on Monday after she reportedly stole thousands from the non-profit organization and falsified records to conceal the theft in 2015.

Harger was sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to make restitution of $47,470 to Hanover Insurance on one theft by unauthorized taking charge. On a second count, she received a two to five year prison sentence suspended on condition of good behavior for two years.

Harger also was given a 12-month sentence on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with records to conceal her crime that was suspended on condition of good behavior for five years.

Last March, Harger was indicted on seven counts of theft by unauthorized taking and seven misdemeanor counts of tampering with records. The state agreed to dismiss five of the seven felonies and all but one of the misdemeanors in a plea agreement to avert a trial.

The money was discovered missing after Harger resigned in mid-April 2015 to take a job out west. According to police, the plane ticket Harger used to interview for that Colorado job was purchased with embezzled funds.

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