Friday, January 3, 2014

Former Idaho Food Bank Manager Ordered to Prison

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The former manager of the Idaho County Food Bank, who originally denied but eventually admitted to stealing from her nonprofit, has been sentenced to six months in prison on two felony counts of grand theft.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 52-year-old Leta Atkins was accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the food bank between April 2009 and August 2012.

Second District Judge Michael Griffin ordered Atkins into a rider program through the Idaho Department of Correction, meaning that if she completes a 180-day program, she will be be eligible for possible probation. Otherwise, Atkins would face two to five years in prison.

Prosecutors said Atkins used a food bank debit card to purchase personal items, including electronics, clothes, home decor, beauty products and stays at hotels.

The food bank closed its doors in September 2012, saying it could not meet its operating expenses. It's estimated that the food bank served more than 700 families per year, including distributions of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets.

The Tribune reports that Atkins expressed regret for the thefts as she addressed the judge in a nearly inaudible voice. Atkins' attorney argued that his client suffered from numerous health issues.

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