Former Iowa Bookkeeper Gets Jail for Taking Money

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By Katie Stinson

DAKOTA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa woman has been given jail time for stealing thousands of dollars from the welding shop where she was a bookkeeper.

The Sioux City Journal reports 36-year-old Rebecca Bottjen, of Osage, was sentenced Monday in Dakota County District Court to 60 days in jail and five years of probation. She was given credit for nearly 40 days already served in jail.

Bottjen had earlier pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by unlawful taking. She will need to pay restitution.

Bottjen was accused of stealing more than $67,000 from New Ideas Fabrication between October 2010 and February 2012. Prosecutors say she wrote checks to herself and illegally transferred money out of the company's accounts.

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