EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A secretary who embezzled $18,000 from a Eugene elementary school has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.
Cynthia Jo Oberfoell, who pleaded guilty in June, told the judge she was "terribly sorry" for what she had done during a bad spell in her life.
The Edgewood Elementary School principal testified at Friday's sentencing that the 58-year-old secretary went to great lengths to disguise her thefts as legitimate school purchases.
The Register-Guard newspaper (http://is.gd/2WNKZa ) reported that Oberfoell's fraudulent purchases ranged from a $3,700 sewing machine to an "Alice in Wonderland" sugar bowl to a locksmith's service call when she locked her keys in her car.
Defense attorney Dan Koenig described the thefts as uncharacteristic behavior arising from a gambling addiction.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com