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Jul 19, 2011 7:27 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Judge fines ex-parish worker

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury's former accounting manager has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge involving public funds.
The Advocate reports 47-year-old Sarah Coco entered the plea Monday to the reduced charge before state District Judge William G. Carmichael, who fined her $500 and placed her on probation for a year.
Coco had been charged with malfeasance.
St. Francisville police arrested Coco in March 2010 after then-Parish Manager Ambrose Sims accused her of using a Police Jury credit card for $1,700 in purchases while she was on vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Sims said in March 20, 2010, letter to jury President Ken Dawson that Coco repaid the money by buying a money order and sending it to American Express Co. in Sims' name.

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