Former Oregon water district employee sentenced for theft

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former water district employee in northwestern Oregon accused of stealing $24,000 has been sentenced to 24 months in jail.

The Statesman Journal reports 51-year-old Patricia Gilbert was sentenced Monday in a Marion County court after pleaded guilty to two felony theft charges.

The Santiam Water Control District fired Gilbert in mid-February after the district learned of her embezzlement. Gilbert worked as an office manager for about eight months with the district.

She was ordered to pay nearly $24,000 in restitution.

The district delivers water to more than 8,000 people in the Stayton area. It has four full-time employees.