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Woman gets jail time for embezzling town money

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A woman will spend up to 10 years behind bars for stealing money while on the job.

Former employee for the town of Alderson, Jacalyn Villars, was sentenced to 1-10 years in a state penitentiary for her felony charge of embezzlement from Alderson.

The exact dollar amount is not know but an audit estimated around $96,000 was taken by Villars over a 5 year period.

The judge said Villars deserved jail time because she betrayed the public's trust after the defense asked for a sentence of home confinement.

Alderson Mayor Travis Copenhaver testified on behalf of the citizens of Alderson saying he believed she deserved a harsher sentence.

While walking out of the courtroom Villars made a threat to Copenhaver saying, "I hope you're ready for what you're about to get."

Copenhaver said Villars admitted to stealing thousands of dollars a week for about 5 years, among other things.

He said thousands of people were directly affected by her actions. Town employees had to be laid off and some debts against the town are still not paid off.

But he did say the town has since improved their accounting practices.

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