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Ex-National Parks Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing $313,000

A former National Park Service employee was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Forty-seven-year-old Sharon Baldwin worked for the Petrified Forest National Park and was responsible for accounting for park entrance fees from visitors.

From 2010 through last year, Baldwin stole $313,000 while altering records to hide the missing money.

She pleaded guilty to the theft, has been ordered to pay back the money and was sentenced to a year in prison.

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