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HELENA — A 55-year-old Kalispell woman has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $160,000 in restitution for embezzling from a therapeutic boarding school.

Cynthia J. Rasmussen was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell in Helena.

From 2004 until February 2008, Rasmussen worked at the Montana Academy in Marion. Prosecutors say from 2005 through 2007, Rasmussen stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the academy by writing herself multiple payroll checks, increasing her salary and using a company credit card to pay personal expenses.

Prosecutors say Rasmussen continued to issue herself checks from the Montana Academy for several days after she was placed on administrative leave in February 2008.

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